from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To intrude into other people's affairs or business; interfere. See Synonyms at interfere.
- intransitive v. To handle something idly or ignorantly; tamper.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To mix; to mingle.
- intransitive v. To interest or engage one's self; to have to do; -- in a good sense.
- intransitive v. To interest or engage one's self unnecessarily or impertinently, to interfere or busy one's self improperly with another's affairs; specifically, to handle or distrub another's property without permission; -- often followed by with or in.
- transitive v. To mix; to mingle.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To mix; mingle.
- To be mixed or mingled; mix.
- To mingle in association or interest; concern one's self; take part; deal: generally requiring with in construction.
- To interfere or take part inappropriately, improperly, or impertinently; concern or busy one's self with or about something without necessity or warrant; act in a matter with which one has no business: used absolutely, or followed by in or with.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. intrude in other people's affairs or business; interfere unwantedly
How to make doing nothing - indeed REFUSING to "meddle" - look as though it is a real act of leadership.
"it's my job to meddle," is more than equipped to tackle.
My meddle is definitely being tested in the Holy Land, where people still smoke in the malls (even though it’s technically illegal, but no one cares).
But that depends on how much Sony meddle, which is, I admit, a big factor.
Martin Luther King invited them to meddle, which is why he repeatedly said, "The world is watching," a phrase which President Obama is now using against Iran.
To meddle or not to meddle, that is not the question...
It is a decent enough trade; plenty of people with fine titles meddle with it.
Martin Luther King invited them to meddle, which is why he repeatedly said,
There's always a risk that the politicians will meddle, which is one reason for the Bush Administration to do this now so it can insist on enough political insulation.
With Obama saying we shouldn't "meddle", he's taking away anything the Iranian government can say suggesting this unrest in their country is due to the United States.