Definition of Intervene

1. Verb. Get involved, so as to alter or hinder an action, or through force or threat of force. "Why did the U.S. not intervene earlier in WW II?"

Exact synonyms: Interfere, Interpose, Step In
Generic synonyms: Interact
Specialized synonyms: Meddle, Tamper, Interlope
Derivative terms: Interference, Intervenor, Intervention

2. Verb. Be placed or located between other things or extend between spaces and events. "Eight days intervened"
Generic synonyms: Lie

3. Verb. Occur between other event or between certain points of time. "The war intervened between the birth of her two children"

Definition of Intervene

1. v. i. To come between, or to be between, persons or things; -- followed by between; as, the Mediterranean intervenes between Europe and Africa.

2. v. t. To come between.

3. n. A coming between; intervention; meeting.

Definition of Intervene

1. Verb. To come between, or to be between, persons or things; -- followed by between; as, the Mediterranean intervenes between Europe and Africa. ¹

2. Verb. 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. ¹

3. Verb. To interpose; as, to intervene to settle a quarrel; get involved, so as to alter or hinder an action ¹

4. Verb. (legal) 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. ¹

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Medical Definition of Intervene

1. To come between. "Self-sown woodlands of birch, alder, etc, intervening the different estates." (De Quincey) Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Intervene

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intervening sequence
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Literary usage of Intervene

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1. The Law and Practice in Bankruptcy Under the National Bankruptcy Act of 1898 by William Miller Collier, William Horace Hotchkiss, Frank Bixby Gilbert, Fred Eugene Rosbrook (1921)
"A creditor who fails to intervene in a proceeding wherein a demurrer to an involuntary petition is sustained, is in no more favorable position to maintain a ..."

2. South Eastern Reporter by West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, West Publishing Company, South Carolina Supreme Court (1905)
"A petition to intervene in a creditors' bill and become a party plaintiff ... Counsel for Brannan and the creditors who sought to intervene was present when ..."

3. A Treatise on the Bankruptcy Law of the United States by Harold Remington (1915)
"If, however, the lienholder is a creditor and a fortiori if he is a creditor to an extent not covered by his security,10 he may, of course, intervene. ..."

4. The American Journal of International Law by American Society of International Law (1918)
"I said at last to Von Jagow that if he wished very much that none of the Balkan States should intervene, he should act at Sofia in order to compel Bulgaria ..."

5. Cyclopedia of the Law of Private Corporations by William Meade Fletcher (1919)
"—Right to intervene in foreclosure suit. "Where there are several bondholders' committees, and considerable difference of opinion exists between them, ..."

6. Lawyers' Reports Annotated by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company (1916)
"32, 38, 95 Рас. 317, 319, the court said : "Under this provision it has been ruled by this court that a party is entitled to intervene in a suit between ..."

7. Mrs. Eddy and the Late Suit in Equity by Michael Meehan (1908)
"COURT DENIES TRUSTEES THE RIGHT TO intervene THE hearing by Judge Chamberlin on the right of trustees to intervene and be substituted for "next friends" ..."

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