in·​ter·​cep·​tion | \ ˌin-tər-ˈsep-shən \

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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In the third quarter, when Kendrick Bourne lost his footing on a sideline route, Garoppolo’s pass sailed straight to Vikings rookie Mike Hughes for a 28-yard interception return for a touchdown and a 17-3 lead. Fox News, "Jimmy Garoppolo takes loss, as 49ers fall to Vikings 24-16," 10 Sep. 2018 For his career, Garwo has 3,037 rushing yards, 41 ground tallies, three receiving scores and an interception return. Staff,, "Conwell-Egan's Patrick Garwo commits to Boston College," 27 June 2018 Mason was a multi-faceted threat at Newtown High School, tying a state record with seven interception returns for a touchdown while scoring 14 touchdowns (11 rush, 3 receiving) as a senior. Nick Baumgardner, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football: FB Ben Mason ready to play LB too if needed," 11 June 2018 He is set to make $8.5 million in 2018 after posting 88 total tackles and two interceptions in 14 games in 2017. Geoffrey C. Arnold,, "Seattle Seahawks Earl Thomas to skip mandatory minicamp in contract dispute," 11 June 2018 One tipped pass by defensive end Trey Hendrickson resulted in an interception return for a touchdown for cornerback Marshon Lattimore. Josh Katzenstein,, "Affecting the passer goes far beyond sacks for Saints defense," 1 June 2018 Daniel Bituli’s 23-tackle night against Georgia Tech and 97-yard interception return against Alabama highlighted a nice sophomore season. Edgar Thompson,, "Rebuilding Tennessee is No. 88 in 2018 preseason college football rankings," 31 May 2018 Brown scored on a 2-yard run and followed it up with an 8-yard interception return on the following possession., "Digest: Brigade beat Soul, 54-35, extend first-place lead in AFL," 26 May 2018 Last season at Florida State, James had 84 tackles, two interceptions, 11 pass breakups and a sack, earning second-team All-American honors. Dan Woike,, "Chargers feel lucky landing Derwin James," 27 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of interception

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

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