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INTERVENE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does intervene mean? 

INTERVENE (verb)
  The verb INTERVENE has 3 senses:

1. get involved, so as to alter or hinder an action, or through force or threat of force
2. be placed or located between other things or extend between spaces and events
3. occur between other event or between certain points of time

  Familiarity information: INTERVENE used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


INTERVENE (verb)


Sense 1intervene [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Get involved, so as to alter or hinder an action, or through force or threat of force

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Synonyms:

intervene; step in; interfere; interpose

Context example:

Why did the U.S. not intervene earlier in WW II?

Hypernyms (to "intervene" is one way to...):

interact (act together or towards others or with others)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "intervene"):

meddle; tamper (intrude in other people's affairs or business; interfere unwantedly)

interlope (encroach on the rights of others, as in trading without a proper license)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s PP


Sense 2intervene [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

Context examples:

This interludes intervenes between the two movements / Eight days intervened

Hypernyms (to "intervene" is one way to...):

lie (be located or situated somewhere; occupy a certain position)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Something is ----ing PP


Sense 3intervene [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Occur between other event or between certain points of time

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Context example:

the war intervened between the birth of her two children

Hypernyms (to "intervene" is one way to...):

come about; fall out; go on; hap; happen; occur; pass; pass off; take place (come to pass)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Something is ----ing PP


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