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intervene

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of intervene

  1. to act as a go-between for opposing sides intervened in the argument before any real harm was done Synonyms of intervene intercede, intermediate, interpose, mediate Words Related to intervene butt in, interfere, intrude, meddle, obtrude, pry, snoop; arbitrate, moderate, negotiate, referee; barge (in), bother; break (in), chime in, cut in; infringe, invade, trespass Near Antonyms of intervene stand by; avoid, eschew, shun; disregard, ignore, overlook

Synonym Discussion of 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


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