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  1. in·ter·vene
    IPA[ˌin(t)ərˈvēn]
  2. verb

    • 1. come between so as to prevent or alter a result or course of events:

      he acted outside his authority when he intervened in the dispute their forces intervened to halt the attack
      Synonym : intercede, involve oneself, get involved, interpose oneself, insinuate oneself, step in, cut in, mediate, arbitrate, conciliate, negotiate, act as peacemaker, act as an intermediary, interfere, intrude
    • 2. (of an event or circumstance) occur as a delay or obstacle to something being done:

      Christmas intervened and the investigation was suspended
      Synonym : occur, happen, take place, arise, crop up, materialize, come about, result, ensue, follow, supervene, come to pass, befall, betide, hap
    • 3. interrupt verbally:

      “It's true!” he intervened
    • 4. interpose in a lawsuit as a third party.

    • 5. extend or occur between events:

      seizures typically recur at regular intervals, with weeks or months intervening between seizures Ludlow took an active part in the events that intervened between the death of Cromwell and the Restoration
    • 6. be situated between things:

      the snowy peaks of the Himalayas stood glistening in the far distance, high above the wooded mountains that intervened
  3. Variation

    • v.: verb: intervene, 3rd person present: intervenes, gerund or present participle: intervening, past tense: intervened, past participle: intervened

    • verb

      take part in something so as to prevent or alter a result or course of events:

      (of an event or circumstance) occur as a delay or obstacle to something being done:

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