What does intervene mean?

Definitions for intervene
ˌɪn tərˈvinin·ter·vene

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. intervene, step in, interfere, interposeverb

    get involved, so as to alter or hinder an action, or through force or threat of force

    "Why did the U.S. not intervene earlier in WW II?"

  2. interveneverb

    be placed or located between other things or extend between spaces and events

    "This interludes intervenes between the two movements"; "Eight days intervened"

  3. interveneverb

    occur between other event or between certain points of time

    "the war intervened between the birth of her two children"

Wiktionary

  1. interveneverb

    To come between, or to be between, persons or things; -- followed by between; as, the Mediterranean intervenes between Europe and Africa.

  2. interveneverb

    To occur, fall, or come between, points of time, or events; as, an instant intervened between the flash and the report; nothing intervened ( i. e., between the intention and the execution) to prevent the undertaking.

  3. interveneverb

    To interpose; as, to intervene to settle a quarrel; get involved, so as to alter or hinder an action

  4. interveneverb

    In a suit to which one has not been made a party, to put forward a defense of one's interest in the subject matter.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Intervenenoun

    Opposition, or perhaps interview. A word out of use.

    Etymology: from the verb.

    They had some sharper and some milder differences, which might easily happen in such an intervene of grandees, both vehement on the parts which they swayed. Henry Wotton.

  2. To Interveneverb

    To come between things or persons; to be intercepted; to make intervals.

    Etymology: intervenio, Lat. intervenir, Fr.

    While so near each other thus all day
    Our task we chuse, what wonder, if so near,
    Looks intervene, and smiles. John Milton, Par. Lost, b. ix.

    Esteem the danger of an action, and the possibilities of miscarriage, and every cross accident that can intervene, to be either a mercy on God's part, or a fault on ours. Taylor.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Interveneverb

    to come between, or to be between, persons or things; -- followed by between; as, the Mediterranean intervenes between Europe and Africa

  2. Interveneverb

    to occur, fall, or come between, points of time, or events; as, an instant intervened between the flash and the report; nothing intervened ( i. e., between the intention and the execution) to prevent the undertaking

  3. Interveneverb

    to interpose; as, to intervene to settle a quarrel

  4. Interveneverb

    in a suit to which one has not been made a party, to put forward a defense of one's interest in the subject matter

  5. Interveneverb

    to come between

  6. Intervenenoun

    a coming between; intervention; meeting

  7. Etymology: [L. intervenire, interventum, to intervene, to hinder; inter between + venire to come; akin to E. come: cf. F. intervenir. See Come.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Intervene

    in-tėr-vēn′, v.i. to come or be between: to occur between points of time: to happen so as to interrupt: to interpose.—v.t. (rare) to separate.—adj. Interven′ient, being or passing between: intervening.—ns. Interven′tion, intervening: interference: mediation: interposition; Interven′tionist, one who advocates interference with the course of disease rather than leaving it to nature; Interven′tor, a mediator in ecclesiastical controversies: (U.S.) a mine-inspector. [Fr.,—L. inter, between, venīre, to come.]

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  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'intervene' in Verbs Frequency: #796

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of intervene in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of intervene in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of intervene in a Sentence

  1. Richard Isaacson:

    I don't think we should lose hope, we understand that Alzheimer's is a lifestyle disease and we need to intervene early to stop the progression.

  2. Avigdor Lieberman:

    The court, which after more than 200,000 killed in Syria did not see fit to intervene ... finds it necessary to 'examine' the most moral army in the world, we will act in the international arena in order to bring an end to this court.

  3. Nasir El-Rufai:

    We are waiting for the person who will come and intervene. They will go back in body bags because nobody will come to Nigeria and tell us how to run our country, we have got that independence and we are trying to run our country as decently as possible.

  4. Roberta Braga:

    At the top of the priority list for Pompeo's trip this week will be to continue to reinforce and strengthen the coalition that has been built in support of Guaido, pompeo will likely reiterate the administration's prior warnings to external actors, including China, Cuba and Russia, to not intervene in the crisis.

  5. Donald Trump:

    We strongly urge The US to revoke the relevant person's arrest warrant immediately. if I think it's good for what will be certainly the largest trade deal ever made, which is a very important thing, what's good for national security, I would certainly intervene if I thought it was necessary.

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