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