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 Preseason Poll Wade collected 26 tackles, two sacks, seven passes defended and an interception in 2019. Nathan Baird, cleveland, "Penn State’s Micah Parsons is unanimous favorite for Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year in Preseason Poll," 1 Aug. 2020 The junior had a strong sophomore season with 50 tackles, one interception and 10 pass breakups. Cameron Teague Robinson, The Courier-Journal, "We're counting down Louisville football's most important players. Here's No. 6," 31 July 2020 One of the Lions' biggest free agent acquisitions of the 2019 offseason, Coleman forced three fumbles and had one interception in 11 starts last season for the Lions. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Lions' Justin Coleman, Isaac Nauta added to team's COVID-19 list," 30 July 2020 In the fourth quarter, Washington scored two touchdowns – the game-winner coming on an interception return by safety Brig Owens – to squeeze out a 14-7 victory. Steve Gardner, USA TODAY, "Why do I love sports? 'Monday Night Football,' Howard Cosell and a father/son bond," 7 July 2020 Ware and Ellis also shared a few stories, like how someone missed an interception in the Pro Bowl and how to hide from a reporter. Calvin Watkins, Dallas News, "Ex-Cowboys DeMarcus Ware and Greg Ellis talk NFL memories, players speaking out, and more," 24 June 2020 Combined statistics from 2019 returnees: 24 starts, 154 tackles, 37 tackles for loss, 20½ sacks, 1 interception, 2 fumble recoveries. oregonlive, "Oregon State 2020 football position preview: Led by Hamilcar Rashed Jr., the Beavers’ outside linebackers are among the Pac-12’s elite position groups," 8 July 2020 In last year’s game – Mosley’s first with the Jets – the former Alabama All-American made five tackles, returned an interception for a touchdown and recovered a fumble as the Jets built a 16-3 lead. Mark Inabinett |, al, "C.J. Mosley ready for rematch of ill-fated game," 1 July 2020 His most famous takeaway was an interception against Miami quarterback Ken Dorsey to help secure the 2002 BCS National Championship game victory. Nathan Baird, cleveland, "Ohio State’s Mike Doss joins James Laurinaitis, Chris Ward on College Football Hall of Fame ballot," 16 June 2020

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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 10 Aug. 2020.

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