to take, seize, or halt (someone or something on the way from one place to another); cut off from an intended destination: to intercept a messenger.
to see or overhear (a message, transmission, etc., meant for another): We intercepted the enemy's battle plan.
to stop or check (passage, travel, etc.): to intercept the traitor's escape.
Sports. to take possession of (a ball or puck) during an attempted pass by an opposing team.
to stop or interrupt the course, progress, or transmission of.
to destroy or disperse (enemy aircraft or a missile or missiles) in the air on the way to a target.
to stop the natural course of (light, water, etc.).
Mathematics. to mark off or include, as between two points or lines.
Obsolete. to prevent or cut off the operation or effect of.
Obsolete. to cut off from access, sight, etc.
an intercepted segment of a line.
(in a coordinate system) the distance from the origin to the point at which a curve or line intersects an axis.
- in·ter·cep·tive, adjective
- non·in·ter·cept·ing, adjective
- non·in·ter·cep·tive, adjective
- un·in·ter·cept·ed, adjective
- un·in·ter·cept·ing, adjective
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How to use intercept in a sentence
We are going to keep focused on what was disclosed in the NIH letter and in the release of grant updates by EcoHealth by the House Energy and Commerce Committee and the intercept.The repeated claim that Fauci lied to Congress about ‘gain-of-function’ research | Glenn Kessler | October 29, 2021 | Washington Post
Almost all of Ravkoo’s customers paid for these medications out of pocket, according to the hacked data published in The intercept.How an Online Pharmacy Sold Millions Worth of Dubious COVID-19 Drugs — While Patients Paid the Price | Vera Bergengruen | October 13, 2021 | TIme
PolitiFactNo Appetite for Good-For-You School Lunches, The New York TimesUSDA on NSLPAlly Shwed is a cartoonist and visual journalist whose work has appeared in The Boston Globe, The Nib, and The intercept.Why school lunches feel like they’re frozen in time | Ally Shwed | July 30, 2021 | Vox
Worse, they say, his attacks have helped stir an angry and dangerous reaction in right-wing circles, leading to harassment of some of the publication’s journalists — the very thing Greenwald accused the intercept of inciting.Glenn Greenwald may have quit the Intercept, but he can’t quit the feud | Paul Farhi | May 21, 2021 | Washington Post
While the reporter is unnamed in court records, the description matches Jeremy Scahill, a founding editor of the intercept.Former intelligence analyst Daniel Hale pleads guilty to leaking classified information | Rachel Weiner | March 31, 2021 | Washington Post
In all fairness to Jay, he told The intercept that he never expected to be a major figure in Serial.The Deal With Serial’s Jay? He’s Pissed Off, Mucks Up Our Timeline | Emily Shire | December 31, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
“The intercept loses its editor in chief as First Look crumbles,” read a typical headline on the Mashable.com news site.Journalists + eBay Billionaire = Chaos. The Troubles at Pierre Omidyar’s First Look Media | Lloyd Grove | November 15, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
These jets—variants of the Boeing 707 model—are equipped with advanced sensor and signal intercept packages.Kerry: U.S. Taped Moscow’s Calls to Its Ukraine Spies | Josh Rogin, Eli Lake | April 29, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Both left The Guardian last year to begin a news startup funded by Internet billionaire Pierre Omidyar called The intercept.Guardian and WaPo Share Pulitzer: Snowden Hails Victory for “More Accountable Democracy” | David Freedlander | April 14, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
They intercept and diffuse, to some extent babysitting the possible aggressor until the disease of violent intent has passed.Using Strategies Reserved for Disease Outbreak, Activists Try to “Cure” Urban Violence | Sarah Kunst | April 11, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
With scarcely a point to intercept the view, after being thirteen miles within it.
He at once set out to try and intercept his advance on Paris, but his troops refused to act against their former leader.Napoleon's Marshals | R. P. Dunn-Pattison
Carna changed her course to parallel the pursuit, and they changed again, to intercept her new direction.Valley of the Croen | Lee Tarbell
Only once I saw a neighbour, in the balcony below, intercept the post, and I believe substitute some other letter.Spanish Life in Town and Country | L. Higgin and Eugne E. Street
The river below Wroxham is very narrow and very sinuous; its banks lined with groves of trees which intercept the wind.Yachting Vol. 2 | Various.
British Dictionary definitions for intercept
to stop, deflect, or seize on the way from one place to another; prevent from arriving or proceeding
sport to seize or cut off (a pass) on its way from one opponent to another
maths to cut off, mark off, or bound (some part of a line, curve, plane, or surface)
a point at which two figures intersect
the distance from the origin to the point at which a line, curve, or surface cuts a coordinate axis
an intercepted segment
sport, US and Canadian the act of intercepting an opponent's pass
- interception, noun
- interceptive, adjective
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Scientific definitions for intercept
In a Cartesian coordinate system, the coordinate of a point at which a line, curve, or surface intersects a coordinate axis. If a curve intersects the x-axis at (4,0), then 4 is the curve's x-intercept; if the curve intersects the y-axis at (0,2), then 2 is its y-intercept.
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