in·​ter·​cep·​tion | \ ˌin-tər-ˈsep-shən How to pronounce interception (audio) \

Definition of interception

1a : 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 Brissett avoided a mistake in Week 1 against the Carolina Panthers, but threw an interception last week against the New York Jets. Nick Hennion, Chicago Tribune, 22 Sep. 2022 Chicago won in overtime when Browns QB Tim Couch threw an interception that was run back for a TD. Terry Pluto, cleveland, 19 Sep. 2022 Facing first-and-goal from the USF 5 and his team trailing 28-24, Richardson checked out of a run play and threw an end-zone interception. Edgar Thompson, Orlando Sentinel, 19 Sep. 2022 Finley threw an interception to safety Zakee Whatley on third down. Nubyjas Wilborn |, al, 18 Sep. 2022 Graham Mertz threw an interception in the red zone, though the ball was tipped near the line of scrimmage. Jeff Potrykus, Journal Sentinel, 17 Sep. 2022 Needing to keep the drive alive, Cunningham threw an interception to Kevin Knowles with 37 seconds remaining on the clock. Alexis Cubit, The Courier-Journal, 17 Sep. 2022 Ben Bryant needs to continue his progression: Cincinnati's starting quarterback threw an interception on the first drive of the 2022 season. Keith Jenkins, The Enquirer, 16 Sep. 2022 Jackson took four sacks and threw an interception in that loss as the Ravens failed to score a touchdown until late in the fourth quarter. Childs Walker, Baltimore Sun, 15 Sep. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of interception

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

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“Interception.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Oct. 2022.

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