General English

  • verb to start talking when someone else is talking

General Science

  • noun the stopping of a transmission due to an action at the receiving end of a system


Information & Library Science

  • verb to stop something happening temporarily


  • verb to try to speak or to shout when someone else is talking

Origin & History of “interrupt”

Etymologically, interrupt means ‘break between’. It comes from the past participle of Latin interrumpere ‘break in’, a compound verb formed from the prefix inter- ‘between’ and rumpere ‘break’ (source of English rout and rupture).