Simple Definition of intercept
: to stop and take someone or something that is going from one place to another place before that person or thing gets there
sports : to catch or receive (a pass made by an opponent)
Full Definition of intercept
2 a : to stop, seize, or interrupt in progress or course or before arrival b : to receive (a communication or signal directed elsewhere) usually secretly
3 obsolete : to interrupt communication or connection with
4 : to include (part of a curve, surface, or solid) between two points, curves, or surfaces <the part of a circumference intercepted between two radii>
5 a : to gain possession of (an opponent's pass) b : to intercept a pass thrown by (an opponent)
Examples of intercept
Detectives have been intercepting her mail.
The police intercepted him as he was walking out.
Origin of intercept
Middle English, from Latin interceptus, past participle of intercipere, from inter- + capere to take, seize — more at heave
First Known Use: 15th century
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