intervene

verb
in·​ter·​vene | \ ˌin-tər-ˈvēn How to pronounce intervene (audio) \
intervened; intervening

Essential Meaning of intervene

1 : to come or occur between two times or events Twenty years intervened between their first and last meetings.
2 : to become involved in something (such as a conflict) in order to have an influence on what happens The prisoner asked me to intervene with the authorities on his behalf. The military had to intervene to restore order.
3 : to happen as an unrelated event that causes a delay or problem We will leave on time unless some crisis intervenes.

Full 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
2a : to interfere with the outcome or course especially of a condition or process (as to prevent harm or improve functioning)
b : to come in or between by way of hindrance or modification intervene to stop a fight
3 : to enter or appear as an irrelevant or extraneous feature or circumstance it's business as usual until a crisis intervenes
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 Real estate accounts for more than 7% of the Chinese economy, and many analysts believe the Chinese government will eventually intervene in some capacity, even if a full bailout is unlikely. Laura He, CNN, 22 Sep. 2021 In turn, the care team can intervene to address the things that get in the way of care plan compliance that are otherwise unseen. Trisha Swift, Forbes, 22 Sep. 2021 In all these cases, the paramedics did not intervene when a patient they were called to help was clearly in grave danger. Beth Schwartzapfel And Cary Aspinwall, USA TODAY, 22 Sep. 2021 Politics and self-interest can intervene at any minute. Chuck Carlton, Dallas News, 2 Sep. 2021 But one thing is certain: Compliant Democratic General Assembly leaders do not plan to intervene, already publicly conceding full pandemic powers to the executive branch. Mike Stenhouse, National Review, 1 Sep. 2021 Police did little to intervene then as well, even after at least one member of the far-right group was seen pointing a gun at counter-protesters during the fight. oregonlive, 1 Sep. 2021 The urge to intervene in places of peripheral concern to U.S. interests, to overreact to threats, to overutilize military force in dealing with terrorists and others—these outlasted Obama. Jordan Michael Smith, The New Republic, 23 Aug. 2021 The city had been expecting the protests in the recent days but declined to actively intervene, citing among its reasons a lack of resources. Washington Post, 23 Aug. 2021

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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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The first known use of intervene was in 1587

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10 Oct 2021

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“Intervene.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/intervene. Accessed 20 Oct. 2021.

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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 intervene (audio) \ noun

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