Definition of intervene
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 interestb : to interfere usually by force or threat of force in another nation's internal affairs especially to compel or prevent an action
interventionplay \ˌin-tər-ˈven(t)-shən\ noun
interventionalplay \ˌin-tər-ˈvench-nəl, ˈven(t)-shə-nəl\ adjective
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.
Origin and Etymology of intervene
Latin intervenire to come between, from inter- + venire to come — more at come
First Known Use: 1587
Synonym Discussion of intervene
INTERVENE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of intervene for English Language Learners
: 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 Defined for Kids
Definition of intervene for Students
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.>
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 result — Hooks 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
intervenor\-ˈvē-nər, -ˌnȯr\ play noun
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