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Definition 1: a signal that temporarily stops the execution of a program so that another procedure can be carried out - [noun denoting phenomenon]

(interrupt is a kind of ...) an electric quantity (voltage or current or field strength) whose modulation represents coded information about the source from which it comes

Definition 2: terminate - [verb of change]

Samples where interrupt or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for interrupt in the sense of this definition

(interrupt is a kind of ...) bring to an end or halt

"She ended their friendship when she found out that he had once been convicted of a crime" "The attack on Poland terminated the relatively peaceful period after WW I"

(... is a kind of interrupt ) stop and wait, as if awaiting further instructions or developments

"Hold on a moment!"

(... is a kind of interrupt ) interrupt before its natural or planned end

"We had to cut short our vacation"

(... is a kind of interrupt ) stop a process or a habit by imposing a freeze on it

"Suspend the aid to the war-torn country"

Definition 3: destroy the peace or tranquility of - [verb of change]

Samples where interrupt or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Don't interrupt me when I'm reading

Synonyms for interrupt in the sense of this definition

(interrupt is a kind of ...) perform an action, or work out or perform (an action)

"think before you act" "We must move quickly" "The governor should act on the new energy bill" "The nanny acted quickly by grabbing the toddler and covering him with a wet towel"

Definition 4: interfere in someone else's activity - [verb of change]

Samples where interrupt or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for interrupt in the sense of this definition

(interrupt is a kind of ...) break into a conversation

"her husband always chimes in, even when he is not involved in the conversation"

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

"Jim always cuts in!"

(... is a kind of interrupt ) cause to end earlier than intended

"The spontaneous applause cut the singer short"

Definition 5: make a break in - [verb of communication]

Samples where interrupt or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • We interrupt the program for the following messages

Synonyms for interrupt in the sense of this definition

(interrupt is a kind of ...) prevent completion

"stop the project" "break off the negotiations"

(... is a kind of interrupt ) cease, stop

"cut the noise" "We had to cut short the conversation"

(... is a kind of interrupt ) interrupt a trip

"we stopped at Aunt Mary's house" "they stopped for three days in Florence"

(... is a kind of interrupt ) interfere with or prevent the reception of signals

"Jam the Voice of America" "block the signals emitted by this station"

(... is a kind of interrupt ) to insert between other elements

"She interjected clever remarks"

(... is a kind of interrupt ) challenge aggressively

(... is a kind of interrupt ) spring suddenly

"He burst upon our conversation"

(... is a kind of interrupt ) break into a conversation

"her husband always chimes in, even when he is not involved in the conversation"

(... is a kind of interrupt ) cease an action temporarily

"We pause for station identification" "let's break for lunch"

(... is a kind of interrupt ) turn away from and put aside, perhaps temporarily

"it's time for you to put away childish things"

(... is a kind of interrupt ) interrupt the flow of current in

"break a circuit"

(... is a kind of interrupt ) interrupt periodically

"Her sharp questions punctuated the speaker's drone"

(... is a kind of interrupt ) take time off from work; stop working temporarily

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