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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Recent Examples on the Web Rashad went 11-for-15 for two touchdowns and an interception. Chace Bryson, San Francisco Chronicle, 19 Mar. 2021 Rodgers finished 33-of-48 for 346 yards, three touchdowns and an interception in losing for the fourth time in a championship game. Jori Epstein, USA TODAY, 24 Jan. 2021 Russell Wilson completed just 11 of 27 passes for 174 yards with two touchdowns and an interception in the team’s first-round loss to the LA Rams. David Moore, Dallas News, 19 Jan. 2021 Mahomes completed 52 of 88 passes with five touchdowns and an interception. Sam Farmer, Los Angeles Times, 15 Jan. 2021 Mahomes threw for 375 yards, three touchdowns and an interception. Tim Bielik, cleveland, 15 Jan. 2021 Wilson completed 11-fof-27 for 174 yards, two touchdowns and an interception that resulted in a 42-yard pick-six touchdown. oregonlive, 10 Jan. 2021 Mahomes missed a chance to punctuate a terrific season Sunday, completing just 24 of 44 attempts for 278 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in a 17-14 win over the lowly Falcons. C.j. Doon,, 29 Dec. 2020 The junior was 25 for 36 with 322 yards, 2 touchdowns and an interception in Clemson’s 34-10 win over Notre Dame in the ACC title game. Michael Casagrande |, al, 20 Dec. 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 2 Aug. 2021.

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