V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. to get involved and thereby alter an action; 2. to occur or come between two things

Synonyms: mediate, arbitrate, settle, negotiate, intrude, separate, interfere, intercede, disrupt

Antonyms: connect, join, unite

Tips: Intervene is derived from the Latin intervenire, which means "to come between, interrupt." To intervene in something means to interrupt the action or flow. Intervention is the act of intervening. Intervene is synonymous with intercede, although intercede is more specialized. To intervene is to get involved and try to alter an action, while intercede is to intervene specifically in order to help someone or on behalf of someone.

Usage Examples:

The government refused to intervene in the hostage crisis. (negotiate, interfere)

Unless weather or sickness intervene, we should be able to climb the mountain next week. (interfere)

The two men were about to fight, until a stranger intervened and cooled the two off. (interfered, separated [them])

My manager intervened in the argument between me and my coworker. (interceded, arbitrated)

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