To inject is to give an injection, or a shot. When your doctor tells you that you need a flu shot, she wants to inject you with a vaccine that will help keep you from getting sick.

You are most likely to hear the verb inject at the doctor's office. Veterinarians inject dogs each year with rabies vaccines, and sometimes if you're sick enough, a doctor or nurse might need to inject you with antibiotics. You can use inject in a figurative way, too: "I'd like to inject a new topic into this conversation, it's getting so boring." The Latin root is inicere, "to throw in" or "to throw on."

Definitions of inject

v force or drive (a fluid or gas) into by piercing

inject hydrogen into the balloon”
give an injection to
Type of:
enclose, inclose, insert, introduce, put in, stick in

v give an injection to

“We injected the glucose into the patient's vein”
force or drive (a fluid or gas) into by piercing
introduce into the body through a vein, for therapeutic purposes
immunise, immunize, inoculate, vaccinate
perform vaccinations or produce immunity in by inoculation
Type of:
administer, dispense
give or apply (medications)

v take by injection

inject heroin”
inject into the vein
take drugs, especially orally
skin pop
inject (drugs) into the skin
Type of:
do drugs, drug
use recreational drugs

v feed intravenously

Type of:
feed, give
give food to

v to introduce (a new aspect or element)

“He injected new life into the performance”
Type of:
make an addition (to); join or combine or unite with others; increase the quality, quantity, size or scope of

v to insert between other elements

come in, interject, interpose, put in, throw in
Type of:
break up, cut off, disrupt, interrupt
make a break in

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