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.

ChatGPT

  1. intervene

    To intervene is to become involved in a situation, conflict, or process in order to alter its course or outcome, often with the aim of helping to resolve an issue or prevent a certain result. This involvement can take place in various fields such as politics, medicine, law, or in personal situations.

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. Steven Mnuchin:

    We do not intervene, we do not manage our currency.

  2. Tolbert Nyenswah:

    We've proven we can contain the outbreak, we can intervene very swiftly.

  3. Lisa Kurtz:

    We know there's not always an opportunity to intervene, but a lot of times those situations with tragic results( are) preceded by smaller interactions where someone could have stepped in but didn't. What we know is when smaller wrongdoing is left unchecked, it tends to not only continue but escalate.

  4. Virgil:

    In quarrels such as these not ours to intervene.

  5. Cynthia Daniels:

    Misinformation is a threat to the integrity of the doctor-patient relationship and to the medical system as a whole, this study shows the problems that occur when politicians intervene into the doctor-patient relationship.

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