Definition of intervene
- only six months intervened between their marriage and divorce
- it's business as usual until a crisis intervenes
- intervene to stop a fight
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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: 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
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