Origin: 1375–1425; late Middle English interrupten Related forms
< Latin interruptus
past participle of interrumpere
to break apart, equivalent to inter- inter-
variant stem of rumpere
to burst + -tus
past participle suffix; see rupture
1, 3. intermit. Interrupt, discontinue, suspend imply breaking off something temporarily or permanently. Interrupt may have either meaning: to interrupt a meeting. To discontinue is to stop or leave off, often permanently: to discontinue a building program. To suspend is to break off relations, operations, proceedings, privileges, etc., for a certain period of time, usually with the stipulation that they will be resumed at a stated time: to suspend operations during a strike.
1, 2. continue.