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intervene
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as in: intervened in the war Define
get involved -- typically without welcome
  • They do not like America to intervene in the Middle East.
  • They are opposed to Russian intervention in their country.

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  • Why did the U.S. not intervene earlier in WW II?
  • We would have finished last week, but the weather intervened.
  • 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
  • "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
  • The bulge of the earth intervened between it and Henderson Creek, where the man walked under a clear sky at noon and cast no shadow.
    Jack London  --  To Build a Fire
  • But as David Hillis, an interventional cardiologist at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, explained to The New York Times, a doctor may have the same economic incentives as a car salesman or a funeral director or a mutual fund manager: "If you’re an invasive cardiologist and Joe Smith, the local internist, is sending you patients, and if you tell them they don’t need the procedure, pretty soon Joe Smith doesn’t send patients anymore."
    Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner  --  Freakonomics
  • Ali was bound for the premed track at the University of California at San Diego and would go on to get his medical degree at Johns Hopkins, eventually specializing in vascular and interventional radiology.
    Joshua Davis  --  Spare Parts
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as in: in the intervening years Define
passage of time -- especially between two events
  • I knew her as a child and then saw her again in college. She had grown into a beautiful woman during the intervening years.
  • Decades intervened before the story was written.
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  • Then the British and Americans intervened and made that demonstration flight over Cairo.
    Nevil Shute  --  On the Beach
  • The Prime Minister was in touch with him, trying to intervene to stop it all.
    Nevil Shute  --  On the Beach

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  • The social worker tried to intervene but was hampered by her seat belt.
    Mal Peet  --  Tamar
  • But the House intervened and made sure your grandparents got custody of you, Sadie.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Red Pyramid
  • I remember Dad rushing toward us, trying to intervene, but before he could, Sadie’s birthday cake exploded.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Red Pyramid
  • "Sadie, I can’t intervene."
    Rick Riordan  --  The Throne of Fire
  • She was unable to explain this phenomenon, which was not new to her, except by the intervention of the ghost.
    Gaston Leroux  --  The Phantom of the Opera
  • We intervene, try to get them into a pack or a clan, try to help them control their powers.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Fallen Angels
  • They didn’t intervene, they just invaded our privacy.
    Veronica Roth  --  Allegiant
  • This way they could stay longer, as military intervention would be delayed.
    Ishmael Beah  --  A Long Way Gone

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  • General Heath concluded that "kind Heaven" had stepped in to intervene.
    David G. McCullough  --  1776
  • She’d taken a job teaching third grade after graduation …. and then life had somehow intervened.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Best of Me
  • It’s morning now, so most of the intervening time has been night.
    Andy Weir  --  The Martian
  • Intervention by the Glatun in the human system adjusts a major change point in between fifteen and twenty turns.
    John Ringo  --  Live Free or Die
  • "So, what is the point of intervening in the Terran system?" the admiral asked.
    John Ringo  --  Live Free or Die
  • Recommendation of the JCS is that we pay the tribute and try to get the Glatun to intervene.
    John Ringo  --  Live Free or Die
  • When the great two-hundred-pound mediator stumbled over to intervene, I was told, "Richard cheats," by Jasper and then, "Jasper cheats," by Richard.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • I had begun to eye the door and the intervening furniture, and quickly schemed out the best way of immediate exit.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • It’s not a thrilling tale of adventure or the kind of fairy-tale romance portrayed in movies, but it felt like divine intervention.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Longest Ride
  • We used the Pakistani rupee, but the government of Pakistan could only intervene on foreign policy.
    Malala Yousafzai  --  I Am Malala
  • I had tried to read up on what should happen at an execution; I had some misguided thought that I could intervene if they did something incorrectly.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • I’ll have to intervene to avert a massacre.
    Louise Rennison  --  Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging
  • When we teased her too much, Father intervened and reprimanded us.
    Leon Leyson  --  The Boy on the Wooden Box
  • First Douglas shrank back, but he was clearly interested, in a guarded sort of way, and so Abby didn’t intervene.
    Anne Tayler  --  A Spool of Blue Thread
  • Joey didn’t say anything else, so Coach Walski intervened.
    Edward Bloor  --  Tangerine
  • Life has a funny way of intervening.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • "Of course," said Hobie quickly, before Aunt Margaret could intervene — turning expertly away to evade her annoyed expression.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • They’re too young to be good at it, and Security officers are quick to intervene.
    Victoria Aveyard  --  Red Queen
  • Ron looked around as though hoping somebody else would intervene, but nobody spoke.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • Princess Anna Mikhaylovna intervened in the conversation, evidently wishing to show her connections and knowledge of what went on in society.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • Prince Bagration, apparently not wishing to be severe, found nothing to say; the others did not venture to intervene.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • Luckily at that point that…. the one in the mushroom hat…. intervened.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • I wished to annihilate the tedious intervening days.
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
  • At last, when she judged it to be the right moment, Mrs. Mooney intervened.
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
  • He generally began that day with wishing he had had no intervening holiday, it made the going into captivity and fetters again so much more odious.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • An intervening elevation of land hid the light.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • I hastily intervene and give him a cigarette.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • Further away still, vegetable gardens abounded, with frequent small plantations of orange or lemon trees intervening.
    Kate Chopin  --  The Awakening
  • But, fortunately, Adelaida Ivanovna’s family intervened and circumvented his greediness.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • Havermeyer grinned at the colonel’s intervention and shoved another piece of peanut brittle inside his face.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • In the early days of their rule, they had intervened so effectively on behalf of law and order that the lesson had never been forgotten.
    Arthur C. Clarke  --  Childhood’s End
  • Langdon moved toward her again, instinctively, but Kohler intervened.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • Postponing the ceremony before it starts is grounds alone for an inquiry, but after the doors are sealed nothing intervenes.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • Commander Olivetti stepped forward, trying to intervene.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • It was only by the intervention of Evan and Cade that my mustache was saved.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • When Ellen intervened with Heaven, Scarlett felt certain that Heaven heard.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • However, tragedy intervened.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • It is certain, that nothing less than the intervention of Jupiter was required to save the four unfortunate sergeants of the bailiff of the courts.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • The Doctor tried to intervene and stop him, but Lorenzo Daza paid no attention to him.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • He grovelled in the gloom, the eyes from out his drawn face riveted upon the intervening door.
    Stephen Crane  --  Maggie: A Girl of the Streets
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