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intercept

in·ter·cept

intercept

 
 
pronunciation:
In tr sept
parts of speech:
transitive verb, noun
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: intercepted, intercepting, intercepts
definition 1: to stop or seize, thereby interrupting the movement or progress of.
The police intercepted the thieves as they attempted to escape.The smugglers' boat was intercepted by the Coast Guard.
similar words:
head off, stop, waylay
definition 2: in sports, to interrupt the movement or course of (a player or pass), or to take possession of (the opponent's ball).
The pass was intercepted and the other team was able to score.
 
definition 3: in mathematics, to include, as between two lines, points, or surfaces; intersect.
 
part of speech: noun
definition 1: an intervention in the movement or progress of something.
The intercept of the parcel had been planned by government agents for months.
definition 2: in mathematics, the portion of a line that has been intercepted, or the distance from the origin of a coordinate axis to a point at which the axis is intersected by a curve, line, or surface.
derivation: interceptive (adj.)