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intervene
used in a sentence

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.
  • The words of these songs were composed without any human intervention whatever on an instrument known as a versificator.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • intervention = involvement
  • 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)
  • I wish my dad was here to intervene. But he went directly to his study to check his e-mails right after coming home. I wish he'd act as a referee instead of sitting on the sidelines.
    Simone Elkeles  --  Perfect Chemistry
  • intervene = get involved
  • "There was a vote today, and everyone but me was in favor of a confrontation about your level of serious commitment to the school and the squad."
    ... A cheerleading intervention. Just what I needed.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Dreamland
  • intervention = unwelcome involvement
  • If he'd intervened, it might have changed everything.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
intervened = gotten involved (to help)

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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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