interception

noun

in·​ter·​cep·​tion ˌin-tər-ˈsep-shən How to pronounce interception (audio)
1
a
: the action of intercepting
b
: the state of being intercepted
2
: something that is intercepted
especially : an intercepted forward pass

Examples of interception in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Broward County medical examiner’s office is investigating the death. Davis, 35, played in 121 games over a 10-year career with the Miami Dolphins, Colts and Buffalo Bills, totaling 22 interceptions and 97 pass deflections. Eric Levenson, CNN, 1 Apr. 2024 Transactions were vulnerable to interception and fraud, and there was a general mistrust regarding the safety of online data exchange. Alex Pruden, Forbes, 28 Mar. 2024 During his three years with the Demon Deacons, Mustapha posted 175 tackles, four sacks, 10 pass breakups, four interceptions and four forced fumbles. Mike Kaye, Charlotte Observer, 28 Mar. 2024 But then came the back-to-back interceptions by FHU’s Lane and Law, which proved to be the decisive plays. Randy Covitz, Kansas City Star, 27 Mar. 2024 Any would be, at minimum, insurance for Hufanga’s comeback from December knee surgery, or possibly an upgrade over Brown, whose three interceptions as a rookie included one in the Super Bowl against Mahomes. Cam Inman, The Mercury News, 21 Mar. 2024 Jones closed the season with a sterling 62.2 passer rating in his coverage area, with 10 completions in 14 throws but only 55 yards, two interceptions and one touchdown allowed. Barry Jackson, Miami Herald, 28 Feb. 2024 The 6-foot-3, 203-pounder threw for 49 touchdowns against 11 interceptions and rushed for 10 TDs in his career. Tom Krasovic, San Diego Union-Tribune, 23 Feb. 2024 Trammell, playing free safety, made the interception. Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of interception was in the 15th century

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“Interception.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/interception. Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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