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"intervene" in British English

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interveneverb [I]

uk   /ˌɪn.təˈviːn/  us   /-t̬ɚ-/
  • intervene verb [I] (GET INVOLVED)

C2 to ​intentionallybecomeinvolved in a ​difficultsituation in ​order to ​improve it or ​prevent it from getting ​worse: The Central Bank intervened in the ​currencymarkets today to ​try to ​stabilize the ​exchangerate. [+ to infinitive] The ​minister intervened ​personally tostop the ​museum from being ​closed.

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intervention
noun [C or U] uk   us   /-ˈven.ʃən/

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C2 Half the ​peoplequestioned said they were ​opposed to military intervention (in the ​civilwar). Repeated interventions on the ​currencymarkets have ​failed to ​prevent the ​value of the ​currencyfalling.
(Definition of intervene from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"intervene" in American English

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interveneverb [I]

 us   /ˌɪn·tərˈvin/
  • intervene verb [I] (GET INVOLVED)

to ​becomeinvolvedintentionally in a ​difficultsituation in ​order to ​change it or ​improve it, or ​prevent it from getting ​worse: The ​superpowersbegan to intervene in ​localstruggles in Africa.
  • intervene verb [I] (COME BETWEEN)

to ​happen between two ​events, or to ​prevent something from ​happening by ​happening first: Two ​decades intervened between the ​completion of the ​design and the ​opening of the ​theater.
(Definition of intervene from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"intervene" in Business English

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interveneverb [I]

uk   us   /ˌɪntəˈviːn/
to become involved in a difficult ​situation in ​order to ​improve it or prevent it from getting worse: intervene in sth The Central Bank intervened in the ​currencymarkets today to ​try to ​stabilize the ​exchangerate. The ​company has ​resolved the ​issue, and there is no need for the ​courts to intervene.
(Definition of intervene from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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