in·​ter·​sect | \ ˌin-tər-ˈsekt How to pronounce intersect (audio) \
intersected; intersecting; intersects

Definition of intersect

transitive verb

: to pierce or divide by passing through or across : cross a comet intersecting earth's orbit one line intersects another

intransitive verb

1 : to meet and cross at a point lines intersecting at right angles
2 : to share a common area : overlap where morality and self-interest intersect

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Examples of intersect in a Sentence

A dry stream bed intersects the trail in several places. Line A intersects with line B. The two roads intersect at the edge of town.
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Recent Examples on the Web When life goals and world problems intersect, solutions are often born. Cathryn J. Prince, The Christian Science Monitor, 16 Mar. 2021 If so, the Rangers might be able to move up the point where their talent and contention once again intersect. Evan Grant, Dallas News, 25 June 2021 As in her first book, Wecker floats Hidden Palace into the spaces between genres, shelved in the center of the stacks-labyrinth where the romance, sci-fi, and historical fiction aisles intersect. Adam Rogers, Wired, 10 June 2021 That, unfortunately, is a real word for a situation where two epidemics intersect, possibly making both of them worse. Russ Mitchell Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 3 June 2021 The Willow project is where a lot of different political threads intersect. New York Times, 28 May 2021 Do market research on where your business interests intersect with what consumers not only want but will truly value and benefit from. Cleve Adams, Forbes, 25 May 2021 After two seasons in which the COVID-19 pandemic ravaged its industry and separated its games from its most passionate fans, Major League Baseball is finally nearing the point where the rhythm of the season and its ability to welcome fans intersect. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, 13 May 2021 The excursions are designed in collaboration with the Talkie-Walkie collective and comprise 10 unique collective experiences which depart from the festival’s projects and intersect with other people, places and contexts on the island. Chadd Scott, Forbes, 24 June 2021

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First Known Use of intersect

1615, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for intersect

Latin intersectus, past participle of intersecare, from inter- + secare to cut — more at saw

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The first known use of intersect was in 1615

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22 Jul 2021

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“Intersect.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of intersect

: to divide (something) by passing through or across it
: to meet and cross at one or more points
: to share some common area


in·​ter·​sect | \ ˌin-tər-ˈsekt How to pronounce intersect (audio) \
intersected; intersecting

Kids Definition of intersect

: to cut or divide by passing through or across : cross One line intersects the other.

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