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Meaning of intervene

in•ter•vene

Pronunciation: (in"tur-vēn'), [key]
— -vened, -ven•ing.
  1. to come between disputing people, groups, etc.; intercede; mediate.
  2. to occur or be between two things.
  3. to occur or happen between other events or periods: Nothing important intervened between the meetings.
  4. (of things) to occur incidentally so as to modify or hinder: We enjoyed the picnic until a thunderstorm intervened.
  5. to interfere with force or a threat of force: to intervene in the affairs of another country.
  6. to interpose and become a party to a suit pending between other parties.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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