Definition of intervene
1 : to occur, fall, or come between points of time or events only six months intervened between their marriage and divorce
2 : to enter or appear as an irrelevant or extraneous feature or circumstance it's business as usual until a crisis intervenes
3a : to come in or between by way of hindrance or modification intervene to stop a fightb : to interfere with the outcome or course especially of a condition or process (as to prevent harm or improve functioning)
4 : to occur or lie between two things
5a : to become a third party to a legal proceeding begun by others for the protection of an alleged interestb : to interfere usually by force or threat of force in another nation's internal affairs especially to compel or prevent an action
interventionplay \ˌin-tər-ˈven(t)-shən\ noun
Examples of intervene in a Sentence
Twenty years intervened between their first and last meetings.
The prisoner asked me to intervene with the authorities on his behalf.
The military had to intervene to restore order.
We will leave on time unless some crisis intervenes.
Recent Examples of intervene from the Web
During the intervening days, the price of oil would fluctuate.
Like Uber, Airbnb is lobbying state lawmakers to intervene and prevent cities and counties from enacting local regulations for short-term home rentals.
Either way, a source told People magazine producers did nothing to intervene.
However, those were the last words Peter got in before school principal Jon Pollard intervened, forcing Peter to leave the stage.
But in the intervening days, the fire, which swept through the 24-story Grenfell Tower in North Kensington, has come to symbolize everything that is wrong with the country and its awkward prime minister.
By contrast, in Washington — which has fewer than a third as many cops as Chicago — police invited the Justice Department to intervene and federal authorities laid out their findings in a letter that focuses on uses of force.
In 1630, the Protestant forces were on their heels when Gustavus Adolphus, the Protestant king of Sweden, intervened, pushing the Catholic Imperial army out of much of Germany.
But then, a kind of magic intervenes, when George manages to hypnotize Krupp with a plastic ring.
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Synonym Discussion of intervene
INTERVENE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of intervene for English Language Learners
: to come or occur between two times or events
: to become involved in something (such as a conflict) in order to have an influence on what happens
: to happen as an unrelated event that causes a delay or problem
INTERVENE Defined for Kids
Definition of intervene for Students
1 : to come or occur between events, places, or points of time One week intervened between games.
2 : to interfere with something so as to stop, settle, or change I intervened in their quarrel.
Legal Definition of intervene
1 : to occur, fall, or come between points of time or events may be held liable even though other independent agencies intervene between his negligence and the ultimate result — Hooks Superx, Inc. v. McLaughlin, 642 N.E.2d 514 (1994)
2a : to come in or between by way of hindrance or modification intervene to stop a fight b : to become a party to a legal proceeding begun by others in order to protect an alleged interest in the subject matter of the proceeding the Commissioner of Internal Revenue was granted leave to intervene — P. A. Freund — compare implead, interplead, join
intervenor\-ˈvē-nər, -ˌnȯr\ play noun
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