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Definition of "intervene" []

  • To come, appear, or lie between two things: You can't see the lake from there because the house intervenes. (verb-intransitive)
  • To come or occur between two periods or points of time: A year intervened between the two dynasties. (verb-intransitive)
  • To occur as an extraneous or unplanned circumstance: He would have his degree by now if his laziness hadn't intervened. (verb-intransitive)
  • To involve oneself in a situation so as to alter or hinder an action or development: "Every gardener faces choices about how and how much to intervene in nature's processes” ( Dora Galitzki). (verb-intransitive)
  • To interfere, usually through force or threat of force, in the affairs of another nation. (verb-intransitive)
  • To take a decisive or intrusive role (in) in order to modify or determine events or their outcome (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To come or be (among or between) (verb)
  • (of a period of time) to occur between events or points in time (verb)
  • (of an event) to disturb or hinder a course of action (verb)
  • To take action to affect the market forces of an economy, esp to maintain the stability of a currency (verb)
  • To interpose and become a party to a legal action between others, esp in order to protect one's interests (verb)

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Use "intervene" in a sentence
  • "Instead it will be those that know that sitting around HOPING and PRAYing in some invisible god to intervene is not doing anything productive."
  • "Your statement that the courts are reluctant to intervene is irrelevant since the Judicial branch was specifically created to serve as a check and balance against overreaching by the legislative and executive branches, and thankfully, we as citizens do have the standing to sue in the federal court if the Congress attempts to pass the Health Care “Whatever” into a law."
  • ""The prime reason we're continuing to intervene is we want to protect, we want to not penalize the export sector excessively" from exaggerated currency fluctuations, he said."