intervene
intransitive verb (-vened; -vening) Etymology: Latin intervenire to come between, from inter- + venire to come — more at come Date: 1587 1. to occur, fall, or come between points of time or events <
only six months intervened between their marriage and divorce
>
2. to enter or appear as an irrelevant or extraneous feature or circumstance <
it's business as usual until a crisis intervenes
>
3. a. to come in or between by way of hindrance or modification <
intervene to stop a fight
>
b. to interfere with the outcome or course especially of a condition or process (as to prevent harm or improve functioning) 4. to occur or lie between two things 5. a. to become a third party to a legal proceeding begun by others for the protection of an alleged interest b. to interfere usually by force or threat of force in another nation's internal affairs especially to compel or prevent an action Synonyms: see interposeintervention nouninterventional adjective

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  • intervene — in·ter·vene /ˌin tər vēn/ vi ven·ed, ven·ing 1: to occur, fall, or come between points of time or events may be held liable even though other independent agencies intervene between his negligence and the ultimate result Hooks Superx Inc. v.… …   Law dictionary

  • intervene — in‧ter‧vene [ˌɪntəˈviːn ǁ tər ] verb [intransitive] to become involved in a situation in order to help deal with a problem: • The Federal Reserve Bank had to intervene to support the dollar (= buy the currency to keep it from falling ) .… …   Financial and business terms

  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intervene — (v.) 1580s, back formation from intervention, or else from L. intervenire to come between, intervene, interrupt, from inter between (see INTER (Cf. inter )) + venire to come (see VENUE (Cf. venue)). Related: Intervened; intervening …   Etymology dictionary

  • intervene — [v1] mediate arbitrate, barge in, butt in*, come between, divide, horn in*, intercede, interfere, intermediate, interpose, interrupt, intrude, involve, meddle, mix in, muscle in*, negotiate, obtrude, part, put in two cents*, reconcile, separate,… …   New thesaurus

  • Intervene — In ter*vene , v. t. To come between. [R.] [1913 Webster] Self sown woodlands of birch, alder, etc., intervening the different estates. De Quincey. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Intervene — In ter*vene , n. A coming between; intervention; meeting. [Obs.] Sir H. Wotton. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intervene — *interpose, mediate, intercede, interfere Analogous words: *separate, part, divide, sever: *intrude, interlope, butt in, obtrude …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • intervene — ► VERB 1) come between so as to prevent or alter the result or course of events. 2) (usu. as adj. intervening) occur or be between or among. DERIVATIVES intervener (also intervenor) noun. ORIGIN Latin intervenire come between …   English terms dictionary

  • intervene — [in΄tər vēn′] vi. intervened, intervening [L intervenire < inter , between + venire, to COME] 1. to come, be, or lie between 2. to take place between two events, points of time, etc. 3. to come or be in between as something unnecessary or… …   English World dictionary

  • intervene — verb ADVERB ▪ actively, directly ▪ personally ▪ The President intervened personally in the crisis. ▪ decisively ▪ Government often intervenes …   Collocations dictionary

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