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

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The Golden Bears led the country in interceptions with 21. Matt Murschel,, "2019 College Football Rankings: No. 58 California strives to build on solid 2018 season," 29 June 2019 This series of interceptions has brought Britain’s incidents with Russian aircraft to a total of 11 since then. Fox News, "Royal Air Force jets scramble to intercept Russian planes," 26 June 2019 In one instance, an L.A. wiretap operation in a 2018 murder investigation intercepted more than 43,000 communications from 920 people, with 1% of the interceptions providing incriminating information, according to the state report. Anita Chabria,, "Secret wiretapping could get boost in California, sparking privacy concerns," 26 June 2019 Thomas had 38 tackles and two sacks last year along with a pair of interceptions. Scott Springer,, "Princeton High School football talent turning Division I recruiting heads," 24 June 2019 The junior played on both sides of the ball and finished the season with 23 tackles, including five for loss, and a pair of interceptions. Adam Lichtenstein,, "Palm Beach 2A-1A boys track and field athlete of the year: Joshua Pierre-Louis, Benjamin junior," 19 June 2019 Wade ranks third in Bears history with 68 touchdown passes (against 66 interceptions) and sixth with 9,958 passing yards. Will Larkin,, "Ranking the 100 best Bears players ever: No. 84, Bill Wade," 14 June 2019 How our are DBs looking? (@freddynavarro49) Not a lot of interceptions during media access this offseason, so a lot like last year. Cam Inman, The Mercury News, "49ers minicamp mailbag: Can Deebo Samuel catch 80 passes?," 12 June 2019 Quarterback Russell Wilson posted career-highs in touchdown passes and rating while tying his career-low in interceptions., "Former Oregon Duck Ugo Amadi one of 10 questions at the Seattle Seahawks’ mandatory minicamp," 10 June 2019

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First Known Use of interception

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

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