Essential Meaning of intervene
1 : to come or occur between two times or events Twenty years intervened between their first and last meetings.
2 : to become involved in something (such as a conflict) in order to have an influence on what happens The prisoner asked me to intervene with the authorities on his behalf. The military had to intervene to restore order.
3 : to happen as an unrelated event that causes a delay or problem We will leave on time unless some crisis intervenes.
Full Definition of intervene
1 : to occur, fall, or come between points of time or events only six months intervened between their marriage and divorce
2a : to interfere with the outcome or course especially of a condition or process (as to prevent harm or improve functioning)
b : to come in or between by way of hindrance or modification intervene to stop a fight
3 : to enter or appear as an irrelevant or extraneous feature or circumstance it's business as usual until a crisis intervenes
4 : to occur or lie between two things
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