Intervene definition

ĭntər-vēn
To come, appear, or lie between two things.

You can't see the lake from there because the house intervenes.

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To come, be, or lie between.
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To come between as an influence, as in order to modify, settle, or hinder some action, argument, etc.
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To take place between two events, points of time, etc.
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To come or be in between as something unnecessary or irrelevant.
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(law) To enter into a lawsuit as a third party to assert a claim against one or both of the existing parties.
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(law) To come in as a third party to a suit, to protect one's own interests.
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(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.
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Intervene is defined as to come between or to happen between two points in time.

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.

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To come or occur between two periods or points of time.

A year intervened between the two dynasties.

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To occur as an extraneous or unplanned circumstance.

He would have his degree by now if his laziness hadn't intervened.

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To involve oneself in a situation so as to alter or hinder an action or development.
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To interfere, usually through force or threat of force, in the affairs of another nation.
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(intransitive) To come between, or to be between, persons or things.

The Mediterranean intervenes between Europe and Africa.

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(intransitive) To interpose; as, to intervene to settle a quarrel; get involved, so as to alter or hinder an action.
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(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.

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Origin of intervene

  • Latin intervenīre inter- inter- venīre to come gwā- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition