# intercept

[verb in-ter-sept; noun in-ter-sept]

- 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.
- to intersect.
- Obsolete. to prevent or cut off the operation or effect of.
- Obsolete. to cut off from access, sight, etc.

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- an interception.
- Mathematics.
- 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.

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## Origin of intercept^{}

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## Related Words

preventseizestopdeflectarrestambushcatchhijackblockhinderobstructinterlopeinterposeappropriatecurbtakecheckshortstop## Examples from the Web for intercept

### Contemporary Examples

#### In all fairness to Jay, he told The Intercept that he never expected to be a major figure in Serial.

#### “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 MediaLloyd Grove

November 15, 2014

#### 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

#### 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 ViolenceSarah Kunst

April 11, 2014

#### And the New Yorker welcomed The Intercept as part of an encouraging trend of proliferating public-interest journalism startups.

### Historical Examples

#### At an angle calculated to intercept the caravan, Kingozi set off down the hill.

The Leopard WomanStewart Edward White

#### I know the Ambassador; if you do not wish to meet him, I will intercept him.

Jennie Baxter, JournalistRobert Barr

#### The fighters they spotted, three in number, did not try to intercept them.

A Yankee Flier Over BerlinAl Avery

#### The "grid" is connected to the aerial wire to intercept the radio waves.

The Automobile Storage BatteryO. A. Witte

#### She must make that point and so intercept Hervey with a telegraphic message.

The Hound From The NorthRidgwell Cullum

## 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)

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- maths
- 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

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## Word Origin

C16: from Latin intercipere to seize before arrival, from inter- + capere to take

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## Word Origin and History for intercept

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## intercept

[ĭn′tər-sĕpt′]

- 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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