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English verb: intervene

1. intervene (social) get involved, so as to alter or hinder an action, or through force or threat of force

SamplesWhy did the U.S. not intervene earlier in WW II?.

Synonymsinterfere, interpose, step in

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)interact

Narrower (hyponym)interlope, meddle, tamper

2. intervene (stative) be placed or located between other things or extend between spaces and events

SamplesThis interludes intervenes between the two movements.
Eight days intervened.

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Something is ----ing PP

Broader (hypernym)lie

3. intervene (change) occur between other event or between certain points of time

SamplesThe war intervened between the birth of her two children.

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Something is ----ing PP

Broader (hypernym)come about, fall out, go on, hap, happen, occur, pass, pass off, take place

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