intervene

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

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

intransitive verb

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
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

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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Recent Examples on the Web Jazz teammates had to intervene and pull Clarkson to the bench. Xoel Cardenas, The Salt Lake Tribune, 31 Dec. 2021 Montana lawmakers took the unusual step this month of asking the U.S. Supreme Court to intervene in a conflict between the judiciary and Legislature. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 27 Dec. 2021 Given the situation and the timing of when advocates received the data, the CAC reached out to the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission asking them to intervene and delay the IRP so groups had an opportunity to do something with the numbers. Sarah Bowman, The Indianapolis Star, 18 Dec. 2021 More than 6 million people signed an online petition asking Stitt to intervene. Jay Croft, CNN, 19 Nov. 2021 The city sued the news organization Friday, asking a judge to intervene. oregonlive, 1 Nov. 2021 Attorneys are going at each other and the bailiff might have to intervene. Sheryl Devore, chicagotribune.com, 6 Oct. 2021 Until a natural decoupling takes place, governments will have to intervene to separate the prices. Sophie Mellor, Fortune, 5 Oct. 2021 This tells us the Ultron threat is so powerful that the Watcher might have to intervene. Chris Smith, BGR, 23 Sep. 2021

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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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The first known use of intervene was in 1587

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19 Jan 2022

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“Intervene.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/intervene. Accessed 23 Jan. 2022.

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More Definitions for intervene

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 intervene (audio) \ noun

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