Intervene 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}.] [1913 Webster] 1. To come between, or to be between, persons or things; -- followed by between; as, the Mediterranean intervenes between Europe and Africa. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

3. To interpose; as, to intervene to settle a quarrel. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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