Intervene

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Intervene Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    intervene v
  1. get involved, so as to alter or hinder an action, or through force or threat of force; "Why did the U.S. not intervene earlier in WW II?" [syn: step in, interfere, interpose]
  2. be placed or located between other things or extend between spaces and events; "This interludes intervenes between the two movements"; "Eight days intervened"
  3. occur between other event or between certain points of time; "the war intervened between the birth of her two children"
Intervene Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Intervene \In`ter*vene"\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Intervened; p. pr. & vb. n. Intervening.] [L. intervenire, interventum, to intervene, to hinder; inter between + venire to come; akin to E. come: cf. F. intervenir. See Come.]
  1. To come between, or to be between, persons or things; -- followed by between; as, the Mediterranean intervenes between Europe and Africa.
  2. To occur, fall, or come between, points of time, or events; as, an instant intervened between the flash and the report; nothing intervened ( i. e., between the intention and the execution) to prevent the undertaking.
  3. To interpose; as, to intervene to settle a quarrel.
  4. In a suit to which one has not been made a party, to put forward a defense of one's interest in the subject matter. --Abbott.
Intervene Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Intervene \In`ter*vene"\, v. t. To come between. [R.] Self-sown woodlands of birch, alder, etc., intervening the different estates. --De Quincey.
Intervene Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Intervene \In`ter*vene"\, n. A coming between; intervention; meeting. [Obs.] --Sir H. Wotton.
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