Meaning of interruption in English:


Pronunciation /ˌɪntəˈrʌpʃn/

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mass noun
  • 1The action of interrupting or being interrupted.

    ‘a chance to study without interruption’
    • ‘The area will slowly open up to tourism, but the priority is to allow the Aboriginal communities to maintain their way of life without obtrusive interruption.’
    • ‘I had expected a degree of disturbance and interruption as I switched over to Retirement Pension from Incapacity Benefit, and still do.’
    • ‘The curiosity is that home telephones have gradually taken on behaviours that reflect this issue of intrusion and interruption.’
    • ‘The answer must be to plan new developments so as to minimise the disturbance and interruption they can cause, and to improve the compensation code to alleviate any remaining distress.’
    • ‘Mr. Johnson simply ignored the remark and told the girl, Justine, to sit down, and continued with the day's study without further interruption.’
    • ‘Here was a place where she could dream to her heart's content in peaceful solitude and study her scores without interruption.’
    • ‘Try to find a quiet place that has no possibility of disturbance or interruption.’
    • ‘Governments want to govern without interruption or interference and active backbenchers have the bad habit of asking inconvenient questions and making speeches which embarrass ministers.’
    • ‘But the bottom line is that it is attempting to prevent its citizens from being wiped out, in a war that has been waged against it without interruption for more than half a decade by people who wish to eradicate it.’
    • ‘There has been some interruption to services and it's hoped that operations will be back to normal as soon as possible.’
    • ‘Not that I'm not pleased to have a straight day to write in, but I'll be even more pleased when promotion season is over and I can get back to making stuff up without interruption.’
    • ‘Some of our local businesses are not in a position to accommodate any further interruption to business.’
    • ‘A personal dream at the moment, after all the frantic activity of the past year, would be to settle for a holiday or, failing that, a shot on the swings without interruption.’
    • ‘As the Internet continues to expand in volume and diversity without interruption, only a relatively small percent of its total mass will be money-making.’
    • ‘An extra £79 million was claimed for business interruption.’
    • ‘This month the hospital began trialling a pilot scheme to give older patients a quiet window in the afternoons when they can eat their evening meal without interruption.’
    • ‘The need to keep chugging along with minimum interruption to the relentless process of clocking up more and more miles means that refuelling of the body must take place on the move.’
    • ‘We are here to minimise the costs incurred from business interruption and get commercial organisations back on their feet as soon as possible.’
    • ‘An alternative might be to arm myself for parties, or visits to the pub, with soundbites so short that they are barely capable of interruption.’
    • ‘The extra police on duty dealt with the unsavoury incident efficiently and the match proceeded without interruption.’
    cutting in, interference, intervention, intrusion, obtrusion, disturbance
    discontinuance, discontinuation, breaking off, suspension, stopping, halting, ceasing, cessation, termination
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    1. 1.1count noun An act, utterance, or period that interrupts someone or something.
      ‘she ignored the interruption and carried on’
      • ‘students returning to education after an interruption in their career’
      • ‘Now people complain that a woman's monthly periods are an interruption and an inconvenience.’
      • ‘This has to be a continuous process, without periods of storage or interruptions.’
      • ‘As a student of waves, Cass is steadfast in his insistence that this period is an interruption - not a halt: a technology downturn, not a global downturn.’
      • ‘Ignoring all interruptions, I focused on Alex, the person I was now guarding, and silently assessed his position.’
      • ‘Though the Chief Minister ignored the interruptions a couple of times, the third time she said someone was doing it deliberately.’
      • ‘You had to hear the sneer in his voice for that, and the ludicrous interruptions.’
      • ‘It was almost as if the two month lay-off had been of benefit rather than a frustrating interruption to a burgeoning career.’
      • ‘Apart from an interruption for a serious neck injury in 1992, his career has been one of relentless achievement since he took up rugby at his comprehensive in Barking at the age of 14.’
      • ‘As you do so on the next generation of mobile phones, prepare for interruptions from e-mails as well as voice calls.’
      • ‘The joy of the film is its wry focus on the little things that make up the background of oppression, such as interruptions in conversation and comments ignored.’
      • ‘The thing that astonishes me is that, in spite of everything, all the false starts and interruptions, the new cat story got written through to a second version in the end.’
      • ‘The Dublin stock exchange declared a ‘fast market’ to remove volatility interruptions as prices seesawed wildly.’
      • ‘Poets are selfish, self-centred people who regard neighbours as noisy interruptions rather than deserving objects in need of a helping hand.’
      • ‘And predictably, the second week of the tournament sees players having to cram in their games in between the showers and the interruptions.’
      • ‘Despite interruptions from members of the Community Hall Trust and parish councillors present, we achieved just that.’
      • ‘But she adds that she finds its constant interruptions annoying, and switches it off when she wants to concentrate.’
      • ‘Just a few such interruptions and half the day is wasted.’
      • ‘It is very expensive to have staff doing nothing if there is an interruption of supply.’
      • ‘I used to laugh it off, referring to it as a ‘bad drip,’ but the joke has worn thin over the years, to the extent that now the whole thing is no more than a boring interruption to my daily life.’
      • ‘There's likely to be an interruption to our quiet winter days this year, and I'm hoping to get it over with before settling down by a different fireside, in a different location.’
      interval, interlude, break, pause, recess, gap, hiatus
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