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 Burke also had two interceptions when he was put in at cornerback. Dana Scott, azcentral, "Saguaro football's Denzel Burke commits to Big Ten program," 24 May 2020 Named to the Pro Bowl and the All-Rookie team in 2018, Ward has five interceptions over the past two season. Ryan Ford, Detroit Free Press, "Lions' Jeff Okudah a rare top-5 cornerback draft pick. Here's how the others turned out," 29 Apr. 2020 At Ohio State, Okudah had three interceptions among nine passes defensed last season and allowed a passer rating of 45.3 on throws into his coverage area, according to Pro Football Focus. Dave Birkett, USA TODAY, "Detroit Lions take Ohio State CB Jeff Okudah with No. 3 pick in 2020 NFL draft," 24 Apr. 2020 In three College Football Playoff games, Burrow threw for an absurd 1,305 yards, 16 touchdowns and zero interceptions while leading the Tigers to a National Championship over Clemson in the title game. Allen Kim, CNN, "Bengals select Joe Burrow with the first pick in the 2020 NFL Draft," 23 Apr. 2020 Tagovailoa completed nearly 70 percent of his passes for the Crimson Tide and threw 87 touchdowns and only 11 interceptions. Nick Talbot,, "Talbot: Dallas Cowboys active in E-N mock NFL draft," 22 Apr. 2020 Munnerlyn played in 154 NFL games, mainly as a nickel corner, and had 12 interceptions, returning five of them for touchdowns. Mark Inabinett |, al, "12 of the NFL Draft’s biggest bargains," 18 Apr. 2020 Harris had six interceptions to tie for the NFL lead, becoming the first Minnesota player to lead since Brian Russell in 2003. Chris Tomasson, Twin Cities, "Vikings RB Dalvin Cook ‘ready to go’ for Sunday’s playoff debut at New Orleans," 30 Dec. 2019 The Raiders have only nine interceptions and only safety Eric Harris has more than one (three). Ryan O’halloran, The Denver Post, "Broncos scouting report: How Denver matches up against the Raiders and predictions," 28 Dec. 2019

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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 Jun. 2020.

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