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.

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

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

  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

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

  3. Interveneverb

    to interpose; as, to intervene to settle a quarrel

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

  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

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

  5. Interveneverb

    to come between

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

  6. Intervenenoun

    a coming between; intervention; meeting

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

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  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. Lisa Boesky:

    This is a wakeup call for more research on why young children are taking their lives and how we can intervene.

  2. Bernard Cazeneuve:

    In a context like that, where there are suicide belts and the place may be rigged with explosives, and we don't know how many terrorists are present or where they are, you can't intervene until you have the site under control.

  3. Danielle Nouy:

    When we look at the conditions to (intervene), based on the different implementation of the recovery and resolution directive, the conditions are quite different, in certain cases, I don't quite see how we could take early intervention measures before the bank has almost disappeared.

  4. Vice President Biden:

    I believed Anita Hill, and my one regret is that I wasn't able to tone down the attacks on Anita Hill by some of my Republican friends. I mean, they really went after Anita Hill. As much as I tried to intervene, I did not have the power to gavel them out of order.

  5. Lo Giudice:

    The courts will continue to intervene to look after the all-important interest of the child to have the emotional link to their same-sex parents recognized.

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