in·ter·vene verb \ˌin-tər-ˈvēn\
: to come or occur between two times or events
: to become involved in something (such as a conflict) in order to have an influence on what happens
: to happen as an unrelated event that causes a delay or problem
: to occur, fall, or come between points of time or events <only six months intervened between their marriage and divorce>
: to enter or appear as an irrelevant or extraneous feature or circumstance <it's business as usual until a crisis intervenes>
a : to come in or between by way of hindrance or modification <intervene to stop a fight>
b : to interfere with the outcome or course especially of a condition or process (as to prevent harm or improve functioning)
: to occur or lie between two things
Examples of INTERVENE
- Twenty years intervened between their first and last meetings.
- The prisoner asked me to intervene with the authorities on his behalf.
- The military had to intervene to restore order.
- We will leave on time unless some crisis intervenes.
Origin of INTERVENE
to come between, from inter-
to come — more at come
First Known Use: 1587
Rhymes with INTERVENE
, blanc de chine
, crepe de chine
, drum machine
, golden mean
, Gretna Green
, haute cuisine
, jelly bean
, jumping bean
, kidney bean
, lethal gene
, make the scene
, navy bean
, pinto bean
, San Joaquin
, slot machine
, time machine
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