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verb [intransitive] intervene pronunciation in British English /ˌɪntə(r)ˈviːn/
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present tense
I/you/we/theyintervene
he/she/itintervenes
present participleintervening
past tenseintervened
past participleintervened
  1. 1
    to become involved in a situation in order to try to stop or change it
    The police had to intervene when protesters blocked traffic.
    intervene in: The prime minister has pledged not to intervene militarily in neighbouring countries.
  2. 3
    to delay an event, or to make it difficult to do
    My brother was studying to be a church minister, but the Second World War intervened.
  3. 4
    if time intervenes, it passes before you do something or before something happens
    Several months intervened before we met again.

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