intervene

verb
in·​ter·​vene | \ ˌin-tər-ˈvēn How to pronounce intervene (audio) \
intervened; intervening

Definition of intervene

intransitive verb

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 fight
b : 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 interest
b : to interfere usually by force or threat of force in another nation's internal affairs especially to compel or prevent an action

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Other Words from intervene

intervention \ ˌin-​tər-​ˈven(t)-​shən How to pronounce intervention (audio) \ noun
interventional \ ˌin-​tər-​ˈvench-​nəl How to pronounce interventional (audio) , ˈven(t)-​shə-​nᵊl How to pronounce interventional (audio) \ adjective

Choose the Right Synonym for intervene

interpose, interfere, intervene, mediate, intercede mean to come or go between. interpose often implies no more than this. interposed herself between him and the door interfere implies hindering. noise interfered with my concentration intervene may imply an occurring in space or time between two things or a stepping in to stop a conflict. quarreled until the manager intervened mediate implies intervening between hostile factions. mediated between the parties intercede implies acting for an offender in begging mercy or forgiveness. interceded on our behalf

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.
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But Gualtieri said there had been extensive attempts to intervene by Henderson Behavioral Services, with many visits to Cruz’s home. David Fleshler, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Stoneman Douglas shooting commission: PROMISE program flawed but not relevant to massacre," 10 July 2018 Unavailable men can want without inhibition, knowing that sooner or later reality will intervene. Shelly Oria, Longreads, "How to Be Single," 2 July 2018 One thing that failed bike-share programs in Seattle and two Australian cities had in common were helmet laws that intervened with exactly the sort of casual, often unplanned biking that helps programs like Divvy thrive. Maya Dukmasova, Chicago Reader, "Why I loathe bicycle helmets," 21 June 2018 Cooper/Richard walks into Judy’s, asks for the other waitress, and first intervenes with, then thoroughly neutralizes a group of dudes harassing the waitress on duty (Francesca Eastwood). Sonia Saraiya, HWD, "How Twin Peaks: The Return Made a Whole New Cooper in One Weird Diner Scene," 14 June 2018 McCain’s media-friendly strategy first emerged after the Keating Five scandal of the late 1980s, when he and four of his Senate colleagues were accused of inappropriately intervening with federal regulators on behalf of a campaign donor. Graham Vyse, The New Republic, "How the Washington Press Fell in Love With John McCain," 25 May 2018 Schools have reacted to the ABA scrutiny and falling passage rates by tweaking curriculum to include more bar-prep courses and trying to intervene early if students appear likely to fail. Sara Randazzo, WSJ, "New Test for Law Schools: Do Enough Graduates Pass the Bar?," 13 Jan. 2019 Netflix reportedly had to intervene, and deal with the U.S. Embassy in Mexico on Guerrero's behalf. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "What you should know about the debate before the Academy Awards.," 22 Feb. 2019 He was tarred by the Keating Five scandal in 1989 when he and four other Senators were accused of improperly intervening with regulators on behalf of the Lincoln Savings & Loan run by Charles Keating, who had been a campaign contributor. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "A Salute to John McCain," 26 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of intervene

1587, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for intervene

Latin intervenire to come between, from inter- + venire to come — more at come

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intervene

verb

English Language Learners Definition of intervene

: 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

verb
in·​ter·​vene | \ ˌin-tər-ˈvēn How to pronounce intervene (audio) \
intervened; intervening

Kids Definition of intervene

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.

intervene

intransitive verb
in·​ter·​vene | \ ˌin-tər-ˈvēn How to pronounce intervene (audio) \
intervened; intervening

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 resultHooks 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

Other Words from intervene

intervenor \ -​ˈvē-​nər, -​ˌnȯr How to pronounce intervenor (audio) \ noun

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