[ in-ter-sep-shuh n ]
/ ˌɪn tərˈsɛp ʃən /


an act or instance of intercepting.
the state or fact of being intercepted.
  1. the engaging of an enemy force in an attempt to hinder or prevent it from carrying out its mission.
  2. the monitoring of enemy radio transmission to obtain information.

Origin of interception

First recorded in 1590–1600, interception is from the Latin word interceptiōn- (stem of interceptiō). See intercept, -ion Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Word Origin and History for interception



early 15c., "action of intercepting" (the flow of a bodily fluid), from Latin interceptionem (nominative interceptio) "a seizing, taking away," noun of action from intercipere (see intercept). Specific football/rugby sense is attested by 1906. Meaning "action of closing in on and destroying an enemy aircraft, etc." is recorded from 1941.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper