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intervene

in·ter·vene

intervene

 
pronunciation:
In tr vin
features:
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part of speech: intransitive verb
inflections: intervened, intervenes, intervening
definition 1: to enter a situation so as to change what is happening.
The teacher intervened in the children's quarrel.If the neighbor had not intervened, a tragedy might have occurred.I'm sorry to intervene, but you've got your facts wrong.
 
synonyms:
butt in, interfere, intrude
similar words:
arbitrate, impinge, intercede, interpose, meddle, mediate, tamper
definition 2: to occur between certain other events or points of time.
Several events intervened between the beginning of the negotiations and the actual signing of the document.
similar words:
befall, happen, occur, pass, take place
definition 3: to interfere in the social, political, or military affairs of another country, as with threats or military force.
The U.S. and several other countries intervened when Iraq invaded Kuwait in 1990.
similar words:
interfere