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INTERRUPT

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does interrupt mean? 

INTERRUPT (noun)
  The noun INTERRUPT has 1 sense:

1. a signal that temporarily stops the execution of a program so that another procedure can be carried out

  Familiarity information: INTERRUPT used as a noun is very rare.


INTERRUPT (verb)
  The verb INTERRUPT has 4 senses:

1. make a break in
2. destroy the peace or tranquility of
3. interfere in someone else's activity
4. terminate

  Familiarity information: INTERRUPT used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


INTERRUPT (noun)


Sense 1interrupt [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A signal that temporarily stops the execution of a program so that another procedure can be carried out

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural phenomena

Hypernyms ("interrupt" is a kind of...):

signal (an electric quantity (voltage or current or field strength) whose modulation represents coded information about the source from which it comes)


INTERRUPT (verb)


Sense 1interrupt [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make a break in

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

cut off; disrupt; interrupt; break up

Context example:

We interrupt the program for the following messages

Hypernyms (to "interrupt" is one way to...):

break; break off; discontinue; stop (prevent completion)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "interrupt"):

heckle (challenge aggressively)

come in; inject; interject; interpose; put in; throw in (to insert between other elements)

block; jam (interfere with or prevent the reception of signals)

stop; stop over (interrupt a trip)

burst in on; burst upon (spring suddenly)

barge in; break in; butt in; chime in; chisel in; cut in; put in (break into a conversation)

break; intermit; pause (cease an action temporarily)

put aside; put away (turn away from and put aside, perhaps temporarily)

break (interrupt the flow of current in)

punctuate (interrupt periodically)

cut; cut off (cease, stop)

take off; take time off (take time off from work; stop working temporarily)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody
Something ----s something


Sense 2interrupt [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Destroy the peace or tranquility of

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

interrupt; disturb

Context example:

Don't interrupt me when I'm reading

Hypernyms (to "interrupt" is one way to...):

act; move (perform an action, or work out or perform (an action))

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody
Something ----s something

Sentence example:

Sam cannot interrupt Sue


Sense 3interrupt [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Interfere in someone else's activity

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

interrupt; disrupt

Context example:

Please don't interrupt me while I'm on the phone

Hypernyms (to "interrupt" is one way to...):

barge in; break in; butt in; chime in; chisel in; cut in; put in (break into a conversation)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "interrupt"):

cut in (interrupt a dancing couple in order to take one of them as one's own partner)

cut short (cause to end earlier than intended)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody


Sense 4interrupt [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Terminate

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

break; interrupt

Context examples:

She interrupted her pregnancy / break a lucky streak / break the cycle of poverty

Hypernyms (to "interrupt" is one way to...):

end; terminate (bring to an end or halt)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "interrupt"):

hold on; stop (stop and wait, as if awaiting further instructions or developments)

break off; break short; cut short (interrupt before its natural or planned end)

freeze; suspend (stop a process or a habit by imposing a freeze on it)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


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