From the Latin “intervenire,” meaning “to come between,” the verb intervene means just that: to get involved, to jump in the middle of something, to interfere.

The verb intervene was first recorded around 1600. Since then there haven’t been many interventions in its meaning or usage. You should probably intervene in a heated verbal fight between two of your friends before it escalates and gets physical. Especially if they’re debating the United States’ habit of intervening in international conflicts.

Definitions of intervene
  1. verb

    be placed or located between other things or extend between spaces and events

    “This interludes
    intervenes between the two movements”
    “Eight days
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    type of:


    be located or situated somewhere; occupy a certain position

  2. verb

    occur between other events or between certain points of time

    “the war
    intervened between the birth of her two children”

  3. verb

    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?”
    interfere, interpose, step in
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    meddle, tamper

    intrude in other people’s affairs or business; interfere unwantedly

    encroach on the rights of others, as in trading without a proper license
    type of:


    act together or towards others or with others

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