- to come between disputing people, groups, etc.; intercede; mediate.
- to occur or be between two things.
- to occur or happen between other events or periods: Nothing important intervened between the meetings.
- (of things) to occur incidentally so as to modify or hinder: We enjoyed the picnic until a thunderstorm intervened.
- to interfere with force or a threat of force: to intervene in the affairs of another country.
- Law. to interpose and become a party to a suit pending between other parties.
Origin of intervene
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1. arbitrate, interpose.
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Examples from the Web for intervene
Nothing in it was meant to change the basic operations of the capitalist economy or to intervene aggressively in class relations.Thank Congress, Not LBJ for Great Society
Julian Zelizer, Scott Porch
January 4, 2015
Please, Your Excellencies, consider my case with justice and intervene on my behalf.An American Marine in Iran’s Prisons Goes on Hunger Strike
December 18, 2014
Starr stresses that universities are required under Title IX to investigate and intervene in sexual assault cases.Is Columbia Failing Campus Rape Victims?
November 6, 2014
Many Syrian rebels remain furious with what they view as a cynical U.S. decision to intervene in Syria against ISIS but not Assad.The Battle for Aleppo: A Decisive Fight for ISIS, Assad, and the USA
October 25, 2014
Even if he had wanted to intervene, he couldn't have as he is "no Arnold Schwarzenegger," as he says.The ‘Hunted’ Gays of Putin’s Russia: Vicious Vigilantes and State Bigotry Close Up
October 6, 2014
When God is pleased to intervene, it is not for man to try to understand.
So extreme was Eve's suffering, that she wished to intervene and part them.
And it thereupon became necessary for Beauchene to intervene.Fruitfulness
If he thought there was no danger of the marriage, he would be in no hurry to intervene.The Manxman
She always resented any slight on it, and Mrs. Herriton had to intervene.Where Angels Fear to Tread
E. M. Forster
- (often foll by in) to take a decisive or intrusive role (in) in order to modify or determine events or their outcome
- (foll by in or between) to come or be (among or between)
- (of a period of time) to occur between events or points in time
- (of an event) to disturb or hinder a course of action
- economics to take action to affect the market forces of an economy, esp to maintain the stability of a currency
- law to interpose and become a party to a legal action between others, esp in order to protect one's interests
C16: from Latin intervenīre to come between, from inter- + venīre to come
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Word Origin and History for intervene
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