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intervene
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2 meanings
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1  —as in:
intervened in the war
Definition get involved — typically to help in a difficult situation
  • They do not like America to intervene in the Middle East.
intervene = get involved
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • They are opposed to Russian intervention in their country.
  • intervention = involvement — typically without welcome
  • Why did the U.S. not intervene earlier in WW II?
  • We would have finished last week, but the weather intervened.
  • I'd admit that I didn't know that much about fashion, but Marlee and I both agreed that someone should have intervened on her behalf.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Selection
  • intervened = gotten involved (to help)
  • The words of these songs were composed without any human intervention whatever on an instrument known as a versificator.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • intervention = involvement
  • But this epiphany occurred only after the intervention of time and misfortune, when my fathers self-satisfied existence had begun to crumble beneath him.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • intervention = involvement
  • "Have some more," she insists, until Father intervenes and upholds my right to refuse a dish I don't like.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • intervenes = gets involved (to help)
  • I hastily intervene and give him a cigarette.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • intervene = get involved (to assist in a difficult situation)
  • Ordinarily he should have been a magnet for me, the center of all the excitement and influences in the class. Ordinarily this would have been so—if the summer, the gypsy days, had not intervened.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
intervened = come (gotten involved)

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2  —as in:
in the intervening years
Definition passage of time — especially between two events
  • Decades intervened before the story was written.
intervened = passed
  • I knew her as a child and then saw her again in college. She had grown into a beautiful woman during the intervening years.
intervening = passing

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Less commonly:
Much more rarely, intervene can mean: {definitionDetail}
in various senses, including:
  • to verbally interrupt -- as in "Not now!' she intervened."
  • to be physically between -- as in: "You can't walk from one hill to the other because an impassable river intervenes."
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