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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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 Lauren combines the best of both worlds, capturing the youthful effervescence of first love before jumping into a second-chance romance imbued with all the hurts and heartbreaks of the intervening years. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, "Hot Stuff: Five new romance novels are all about second chances," 3 Nov. 2019 The filmmaker’s decision not to intervene directly with his own commentary becomes a liability here, as the identity of several tearful women becomes a guessing game. Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Last Headhunters of the Nagas': Film Review | Mumbai 2019," 1 Nov. 2019 The difference between this and a commercial jet’s systems is that those pilots are trained to know how to specifically monitor the autopilot, and be ready to intervene if needed. Alexander George, Popular Mechanics, "The Cirrus Vision Is the Private Jet That Lands Itself," 30 Oct. 2019 But the justices left the door open for state courts to intervene. Washington Post, "North Carolina judges throw out current congressional map," 29 Oct. 2019 Upon the refectory’s reclassification as the Santa Maria Novella Museum in 1982, the work was transferred to the friars’ private rooms, where it was kept until scholars intervened in the 1990s. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Renaissance Nun’s ‘Last Supper’ Painting Makes Public Debut After 450 Years in Hiding," 21 Oct. 2019 Even when law enforcement intervenes against a person committing self-harm, the jail isn’t intended for use as a mental health facility. Claire Goodman, Houston Chronicle, "Fort Bend County Sheriff Nehls: Mental illness ‘biggest issue’ in Fort Bend County," 17 Oct. 2019 There is yet another way in which work intervened—happily—in the creation of Isen’s abode. Vanessa Lawrence, ELLE Decor, "How One Globe-Trotting Retail Guru Creates a Cool and Collected Home," 17 Oct. 2019 The Justice Department has intervened in the investigation by the Manhattan district attorney, whose office has sought Trump’s personal tax returns. Heather Vogell, ProPublica, "Never-Before-Seen Trump Tax Documents Show Major Inconsistencies," 16 Oct. 2019

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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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Time Traveler for intervene

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The first known use of intervene was in 1587

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Last Updated

11 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Intervene.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/intervened. Accessed 21 November 2019.

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More Definitions for intervene

intervene

verb
How to pronounce intervene (audio)

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.
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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