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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)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

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 in a sentence

  1. Detectives have been intercepting her mail.

  2. The police intercepted him as he was walking out.



Did You Know?

Since the prefix inter means "between", it's not hard to see how intercept was created. Arms shipments coming to a country are sometimes intercepted, but such interceptions can sometimes be understood as acts of war. In football, soccer, and basketball, players try to intercept the ball as it's being passed by the other team. In years gone by, letters and documents being carried between officers or officials were sometimes intercepted when the carrier was caught; today, when these communications are generally electronic, an intercepted e-mail isn't actually stopped, but simply read secretly by a third party.

Origin and Etymology 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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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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INTERCEPT Defined for Kids

intercept

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verb in·ter·cept \ˌin-tər-ˈsept\

Definition of intercept for Students

intercepted

intercepting

  1. 1 :  to take, seize, or stop before reaching an intended destination <intercept a message>

  2. 2 :  to catch (a football) passed by a member of the opposing team



Word Root of intercept

The Latin word capere, meaning “to seize” or “to take,” and its form captus give us the roots cap, capt, and cept. Words from the Latin capere have something to do with taking. To capture is to take something or someone by using force. To accept is to take something willingly. Anyone capable of doing something is able to take on that task.


Law Dictionary

intercept

transitive verb in·ter·cept

Legal Definition of intercept

  1. :  to receive (a communication or signal directed elsewhere) usually secretly <shall not be unlawful…for a person not acting under color of law to intercept a wire, oral, or electronic communication where such person is a party to the communication — U.S. Code>

interception

noun




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