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Back-formation from intervention, and/or from Latin interveniō(come between, verb).


intervene ‎(third-person singular simple present intervenes, present participle intervening, simple past and past participle intervened)

  1. (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
  2. (intransitive) 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. (intransitive) To interpose; as, to intervene to settle a quarrel; get involved, so as to alter or hinder an action
  4. (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.
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