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intervene

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1  —as in:
intervened in the war
Definition get involved; or come between
  • They do not like America to intervene in the Middle East.
intervene = get involved
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • We would have finished last week, but the weather intervened.
  • intervened = interfered
  • They are opposed to Russian intervention in their country.
  • intervention = involvement
    (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • Why did the U.S. not intervene earlier in WW II?
  • intervene = get involved
  • Without intervention, the colony will die.
    Sue Monk Kidd  --  The Secret Life of Bees
  • intervention = active involvement to bring about change
    (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • I said I didn't want Shawn in prison but that some type of intervention was needed.
    Tara Westover  --  Educated
  • intervention = active involvement to bring about change
    (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • On and on he would have gone, if Athena had not intervened.
    Madeline Miller  --  Circe
  • intervened = gotten involved
  • 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)
  • It might have turned ugly had General Taheri not intervened.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
  • intervened = gotten involved (to change an outcome)
  • So I didn't miss the irony of lying to a therapist (to protect Mom) lest I ignite another intervention by the county children's services.
    J.D. Vance  --  Hillbilly Elegy
intervention = involvement
(editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)

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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
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • 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
  • This phenomenon, in the various shapes which it assumed, indicated no external change, but so sudden and important a change in the spectator of the familiar scene, that the intervening space of a single day had operated on his consciousness like the lapse of years.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
intervening = passing

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Less commonly:
Much more rarely, intervene can mean:
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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