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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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 American intelligence agencies have accused Russia of having intervened in that campaign to boost Trump. Noah Bierman, latimes.com, "Trump and Putin to meet in Helsinki amid European fears of shifting alliances," 28 June 2018 Last fall, President Trump repeatedly lashed out against the NFL on Twitter for not intervening in the ongoing silent protests carried out by players across the country. Christopher Brito, CBS News, "Jets acting owner: I'll pay fines if my players don't stand for national anthem," 23 May 2018 The school resource police officer, Mark Dallas, was lauded as a hero for intervening when Milby allegedly opened fire near the school gym where students were gathered for a graduation rehearsal, authorities said. Matthew Walberg, chicagotribune.com, "19-year-old charged in Dixon High School shooting is released from hospital, booked into county jail," 17 May 2018 Last month, the administration targeted Russian companies and individuals for intervening in the 2016 election and mounting cyberattacks against Western facilities. Peter Baker, BostonGlobe.com, "Trump to impose new sanctions on Russia over support for Syria," 16 Apr. 2018 Camille runs to the bathroom, and slices a massive gash in her arm with a screw from the toilet before nurses run in and try to intervene. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "Pointed Observations About Sharp Objects Episode 3," 23 July 2018 But the critique puzzles Fed officials and some economists because there is little evidence of turmoil in the two markets where the central bank actively intervened: Treasurys and mortgage debt. Nick Timiraos, WSJ, "A $4 Trillion Scapegoat for Market Volatility: the Fed’s Shrinking Portfolio," 28 Jan. 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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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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