Definition of inject in English:


Syllabification: in·ject
Pronunciation: /inˈjekt


[with object]
  • 1Drive or force (a liquid, especially a drug or vaccine) into a person or animal’s body with a syringe or similar device: the doctor injected a painkilling drug
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    • The anaesthetist can then use the cannula to inject anaesthetic or painkilling drugs directly into the epidural space.
    • In each case, the drug user had been injecting heroin into subcutaneous tissue.
    • He became known for using a syringe to inject liquids and wax into blood vessels.
  • 1.1Administer a drug or medicine to (a person or animal) in this way: he injected himself with a drug overdose
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    • Yet, minutes later, she was injected with the very same drug!
    • You were injected with a drug: a poison really, that reacted badly to the one used on you in Echo Base, and it was counteracting the medicine you needed.
    • After an hour or so, he is injected with a drug that makes him violently sick for an hour or two.
  • 1.2 [no object] Inject oneself with a narcotic drug, especially habitually: people who want to stop injecting
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    • The purple ultra violet lighting stops drug abusers injecting because they are unable to see their veins.
    • She's a former heroin addict who, six months after she stopped injecting, is getting her life back together.
    • She added that none of the three was able to raise the alarm suggests that they died quickly after injecting and that the drugs could kill within moments.
  • 1.3Introduce (something) into a passage, cavity, or solid material under pressure: inject the foam and allow it to expand
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    • The seawater stream into which the combustion gas is injected is under pressure via the head of water exerted by the seawater reservoir.
    • The graphite line includes an area at the edge of the panel through which air is injected at high pressure.
    • A polyurethane resin is injected into the cavity.
    insert, introduce, feed, push, force, shoot
  • 1.4 Physics Introduce or feed (a current, beam of particles, etc.) into a substance or device.
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    • In these cases it is possible to probe the interior of a vessel by injecting currents and then measuring the voltages at its walls with electrodes.
    • The NIST researchers injected current from a 40-nanometer-wide contact on top of a large magnetic layer.
    • From there, these negative ions will be energized to about one billion electron volts in a one-millisecond long pulsed beam and injected into an accumulator ring.
  • 1.5Place (a spacecraft or other object) into an orbit or trajectory: many meteoroids are injected into hyperbolic orbits
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    • The satellite is to be injected into a Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit about 17 minutes after the lift-off.
  • 2Introduce (a new or different element) into something, especially as a boost or interruption: she tried to inject scorn into her tone
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    • A divisive element had been injected into the movement during its last phase when the British rulers had found that it was not possible for them to hold any longer.
    • Something different has been injected into this fight.
    • In the 16th century an element of drama was injected into these court entertainments.
    introduce, instill, infuse, imbue, breatheinterject, interpose, throw in, add, contribute
  • 2.1 (inject something with) Imbue something with (a new element): he injected his voice with a confidence he didn’t feel
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    • With Bo, you have somebody who, I think, injected the show with a very raw rock element that it did not always have in the past.
    • Moore's scripts call for O'Neill to create a legion of unique characters - many of which we only see once or twice - and every time, O'Neill injects the characters with such life that you might wonder if he hasn't been drawing them for years.
    • Frances McDormand, as the hyper-maternal figure, sporadically injects the film with hilarious scenes of her worrisome phone calls to Fugit.



adjective & noun
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  • But there is a display dedicated to future methods, containing research-stage items such as the male pill, further injectables and high-tech ovulation thermometers.
  • The company's specialty pharmaceutical products include generic injectables used in such areas as anesthesia, cardiovascular, infectious diseases and pain management.
  • The mother of all injectables, Botox, is not a filler as such: it's a toxin that paralyses facial muscles and smooths wrinkles.


late 16th century (in the sense 'throw or cast on something'): from Latin inject- 'thrown in', from the verb inicere, from in- 'into' + jacere 'throw'.

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