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Definition of "intercept" []

  • To stop, deflect, or interrupt the progress or intended course of: intercepted me with a message as I was leaving. (verb-transitive)
  • Sports To gain possession of (an opponent's pass), as in football or basketball. (verb-transitive)
  • Sports To gain possession of a pass made by (an opponent), especially in football. (verb-transitive)
  • Mathematics To include or bound (a part of a space or curve) between two points or lines. (verb-transitive)
  • Archaic To prevent. (verb-transitive)

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.

Use "intercept" in a sentence
  • "However, FISA only covers communications intercepts where the target of the intercept is in the US."
  • "If the target of the intercept is not in the US, then the intercept is not covered by FISA as it was amended."
  • "I also hope that the intercept is considerably higher than you drew it."