from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To come, appear, or lie between two things: You can't see the lake from there because the house intervenes.
- intransitive v. To come or occur between two periods or points of time: A year intervened between the two dynasties.
- intransitive v. To occur as an extraneous or unplanned circumstance: He would have his degree by now if his laziness hadn't intervened.
- intransitive v. To involve oneself in a situation so as to alter or hinder an action or development: "Every gardener faces choices about how and how much to intervene in nature's processes” ( Dora Galitzki).
- intransitive v. To interfere, usually through force or threat of force, in the affairs of another nation.
- intransitive v. Law To enter into a suit as a third party for one's own interests.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To come between, or to be between, persons or things; -- followed by between; as, the Mediterranean intervenes between Europe and Africa.
- v. To occur, fall, or come between, points of time, or events; as, an instant intervened between the flash and the report; nothing intervened ( i. e., between the intention and the execution) to prevent the undertaking.
- v. To interpose; as, to intervene to settle a quarrel; get involved, so as to alter or hinder an action
- v. In a suit to which one has not been made a party, to put forward a defense of one's interest in the subject matter.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To come between, or to be between, persons or things; -- followed by between.
- intransitive v. To occur, fall, or come between, points of time, or events
- intransitive v. To interpose.
- intransitive v. In a suit to which one has not been made a party, to put forward a defense of one's interest in the subject matter.
- transitive v. To come between.
- n. A coming between; intervention; meeting.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To come between; fall or happen between things, persons, periods, or events; be intermediate, or appear or happen intermediately.
- To come between in act; act intermediately or mediatorially; interfere or interpose, as between persons, parties, or states.
- In law, to interpose and become a party to a suit pending between other parties: as, stockholders may intervene in a suit against directors.
- To come between; divide.
- n. A coming together; a meeting.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. be placed or located between other things or extend between spaces and events
- v. occur between other event or between certain points of time
- v. get involved, so as to alter or hinder an action, or through force or threat of force
Latin intervenīre : inter-, inter- + venīre, to come.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)