in·ter·vene /-ˈvɪn/ 不及物動詞
In·ter·vene, v. t. To come between. [R.]
Self-sown woodlands of birch, alder, etc., intervening the different estates. --De Quincey.
In·ter·vene n. A coming between; intervention; meeting. [Obs.]
In·ter·vene v. i. [imp. & p. p. Intervened p. pr. & vb. n. Intervening.]
1. To come between, or to be between, persons or things; -- followed by between; as, the Mediterranean intervenes between Europe and Africa.
2. 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.
3. To interpose; as, to intervene to settle a quarrel.
4. 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.
v 1: get involved, so as to alter or hinder an action, or through
force or threat of force; "Why did the U.S. not
intervene earlier in WW II?" [syn: step in, interfere,
2: be placed or located between other things or extend between
spaces and events; "This interludes intervenes between the
two movements"; "Eight days intervened"
3: occur between other event or between certain points of time;
"the war intervened between the birth of her two children"