I. transitive verb Etymology: Middle English, from Latin interceptus, past participle of intercipere, from inter- + capere to take, seize — more at heave Date: 15th century 1. obsolete prevent, hinder 2. a. to stop, seize, or interrupt in progress or course or before arrival b. to receive (a communication or signal directed elsewhere) usually secretly 3. obsolete to interrupt communication or connection with 4. to include (part of a curve, surface, or solid) between two points, curves, or surfaces <
the part of a circumference intercepted between two radii
5. a. to gain possession of (an opponent's pass) b. to intercept a pass thrown by (an opponent) II. noun Date: 1821 1. the distance from the origin to a point where a graph crosses a coordinate axis 2. interception; especially the interception of a missile by an interceptor or of a target by a missile 3. a message, code, or signal that is intercepted (as by monitoring radio communications)

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  • Intercept — In ter*cept , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Intercepted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Intercepting}.] [L. interceptus, p. p. of intercipere to intercept; inter between + capere to take, seize: cf. F. intercepter. See {Capable}.] [1913 Webster] 1. To take or seize by …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intercept — in·ter·cept vt: to receive (a communication or signal directed elsewhere) usu. secretly shall not be unlawful...for a person acting under color of law to intercept a wire, oral, or electronic communication where such person is a party to the… …   Law dictionary

  • Intercept — can refer to: *X intercept, the point where a line crosses the x axis *Y intercept, the point where a line crosses the y axis *Interception (American football) *Telephone tapping *Tax refund interceptee also*Interception *Interceptor …   Wikipedia

  • intercept — UK US /ˌɪntəˈsept/ verb [T] ► to stop things, people, etc. as they go to a particular place: »Police intercepted a boat carrying over a million packs of cigarettes into the country illegally. »to intercept calls/communications/emails …   Financial and business terms

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  • Intercept — In ter*cept , n. (Math.) A part cut off or intercepted, as a portion of a line included between two points, or cut off two straight lines or curves. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intercept — (v.) c.1400, from L. interceptus, pp. of intercipere take or seize between, to seize in passing, from inter between (see INTER (Cf. inter )) + cipere, comb. form of capere to take, catch (see CAPABLE (Cf. capable)). Related: Intercepted; …   Etymology dictionary

  • intercept — [v] head off; interrupt ambush, appropriate, arrest, block, catch, check, curb, cut in, cut off, deflect, head off at pass*, hijack, hinder, interlope, interpose, make off with, obstruct, prevent, seize, shortstop*, stop, take, take away;… …   New thesaurus

  • intercept — ► VERB ▪ obstruct and prevent from continuing to a destination. ► NOUN 1) an act of intercepting. 2) Mathematics the point at which a line cuts the axis of a graph. DERIVATIVES interception noun interceptor noun …   English terms dictionary

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  • intercept — in•ter•cept v. [[t]ˌɪn tərˈsɛpt[/t]] n. [[t]ˈɪn tərˌsɛpt[/t]] v. t. 1) to take, seize, or halt (someone or something on the way from one place to another); cut off from an intended destination: to intercept a messenger[/ex] 2) mil to secretly… …   From formal English to slang

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