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intercept

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verb in·ter·cept \ˌin-tər-ˈsept\

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

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 obsolete :  prevent, hinder

  3. 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

  4. 3 obsolete :  to interrupt communication or connection with

  5. 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>

  6. 5 a :  to gain possession of (an opponent's pass) b :  to intercept a pass thrown by (an opponent)

Examples of intercept

  1. Detectives have been intercepting her mail.

  2. 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

Rhymes with intercept


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intercept

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noun in·ter·cept \ˈin-tər-ˌsept\

Definition of intercept

  1. 1 :  the distance from the origin to a point where a graph crosses a coordinate axis

  2. 2 :  interception; especially :  the interception of a missile by an interceptor or of a target by a missile

  3. 3 :  a message, code, or signal that is intercepted (as by monitoring radio communications)



1821

First Known Use of intercept

1821

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