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verb [intransitive] intervene pronunciation in British English /ˌɪntə(r)ˈviːn/
Word Forms
present tense
present participleintervening
past tenseintervened
past participleintervened
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  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. 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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in an online conversation, repeatedly asking a person questions which suggest that you are interested in what they are talking about, but are actually intended to annoy them

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