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- Rhymes: -iːn
- (transitive, intransitive) To come between, or to be between, persons or things.
- The Mediterranean intervenes between Europe and Africa.
- De Quincey
- self-sown woodlands of birch, alder, etc., intervening the different estates
- (intransitive) To occur, fall, or come between, points of time, or events
an instant intervened between the flash and the report
nothing intervened to prevent the undertaking
- (intransitive) To become involved in a situation, so as to alter or prevent an action
The police had to be called to intervene in the fight.
- (law) 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.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Abbott to this entry?)
to come between, or to be between, persons or things
to occur, to come between, points of time, or events
to o become involved in a situation, so as to alter or prevent an action
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