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[in-ter-veen] /ˌɪn tərˈvin/

verb (used without object), intervened, intervening.
to come between disputing people, groups, etc.; intercede; mediate.
to occur or be between two things.
to occur or happen between other events or periods:
Nothing important intervened between the meetings.
(of things) to occur incidentally so as to modify or hinder:
We enjoyed the picnic until a thunderstorm intervened.
to interfere with force or a threat of force:
to intervene in the affairs of another country.
Law. to interpose and become a party to a suit pending between other parties.
verb (intransitive)
(often foll by in) to take a decisive or intrusive role (in) in order to modify or determine events or their outcome
foll by in or between. to come or be (among or between)
(of a period of time) to occur between events or points in time
(of an event) to disturb or hinder a course of action
(economics) to take action to affect the market forces of an economy, esp to maintain the stability of a currency
(law) to interpose and become a party to a legal action between others, esp in order to protect one’s interests

1580s, back-formation from intervention, or else from Latin intervenire “to come between, intervene, interrupt,” from inter “between” (see inter-) + venire “to come” (see venue). Related: Intervened; intervening.


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