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Meaning of INTERVENE

Pronunciation:  `intur'veen

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
[v]  get involved, usually so as to hinder or halt an action; "Why did the U.S. not intervene earlier in WW II?"
 

INTERVENE is a 9 letter word that starts with I.

 

 Synonyms: interfere, interpose, step in
 
 See Also: horn in, interact, interlope, intrude into, meddle, meddle with, poke into, tamper

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \In`ter*vene"\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Intervened}; p.
    pr. & vb. n. {Intervening}.] [L. intervenire, interventum, to
    intervene, to hinder; inter between + venire to come; akin to
    E. come: cf. F. intervenir. See {Come}.]
    1. To come between, or to be between, persons or things; --
       followed by between; as, the Mediterranean intervenes
       between Europe and Africa.
    
    2. 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. To interpose; as, to intervene to settle a quarrel.
    
    4. 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.
       --Abbott.
    
    
  2. \In`ter*vene"\, v. t.
    To come between. [R.]
    
          Self-sown woodlands of birch, alder, etc., intervening
          the different estates.                   --De Quincey.
    
    
  3. \In`ter*vene"\, n.
    A coming between; intervention; meeting. [Obs.] --Sir H.
    Wotton.
    
    
 
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