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
  1. verb
    force or drive (a fluid or gas) into by piercing
    inject hydrogen into the balloon”
    synonyms: shoot
    give an injection to
  2. verb
    give an injection to
    “We injected the glucose into the patient's vein”
    synonyms: shoot
    force or drive (a fluid or gas) into by piercing
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    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)
  3. verb
    take by injection
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    inject into the vein
    take drugs, especially orally
    skin pop
    inject (drugs) into the skin
    type of:
    do drugs, drug
    use recreational drugs
  4. verb
    feed intravenously
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    type of:
    feed, give
    give food to
  5. verb
    to introduce (a new aspect or element)
    “He injected new life into the performance”
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    type of:
    make an addition (to); join or combine or unite with others; increase the quality, quantity, size or scope of
  6. verb
    to insert between other elements
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