- An example of intervene is to step into the middle of two teens fighting and break them apart.
- An example of intervene is for 10 months to fall between an engagement and a wedding.
Intervene is defined as to come between or to happen between two points in time.
intransitive verb-·vened′, -·ven′ing
- to come, be, or lie between
- to take place between two events, points of time, etc.
- to come or be in between as something unnecessary or irrelevant
- to come between as an influence, as in order to modify, settle, or hinder some action, argument, etc.
- Law to come in as a third party to a suit, to protect one's own interests
Origin of interveneClassical Latin intervenire from inter-, between + venire, to come
intransitive verbin·ter·vened, in·ter·ven·ing, in·ter·venes
- a. To involve oneself in a situation so as to alter or hinder an action or development: “Every gardener faces choices about how and how much to intervene in nature's processes” ( Dora Galitzki )b. To interfere, usually through force or threat of force, in the affairs of another nation.c. Law To enter into a lawsuit as a third party to assert a claim against one or both of the existing parties.
- To come, appear, or lie between two things: You can't see the lake from there because the house intervenes.
- To come or occur between two periods or points of time: A year intervened between the two dynasties.
- To occur as an extraneous or unplanned circumstance: He would have his degree by now if his laziness hadn't intervened.
Origin of interveneLatin intervenīre inter- inter- venīre to come ; see gwā- in Indo-European roots.
- in′ter·ve′nor in′ter·ven′er
(third-person singular simple present intervenes, present participle intervening, simple past and past participle intervened)
- (intransitive) To come between, or to be between, persons or things.
- The Mediterranean intervenes between Europe and Africa.
- (intransitive) To occur, fall, or come between, points of time, or events; as, an instant intervened between the flash and the report; nothing intervened (i.e. between the intention and the execution) to prevent the undertaking.
- (intransitive) To interpose; as, to intervene to settle a quarrel; get involved, so as to alter or hinder an action
- (law) In a suit to which one has not been made a party, to put forward a defense of one's interest in the subject matter.