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intervene

verb [I]
 
 
/ˌɪntəˈviːn/
BECOME INVOLVED to become involved in a situation in order to try to stop a fight, argument, problem, etc: Government officials refused to intervene in the recent disputes. [+ to do sth] The forces intervened to stop the attack.Taking part and getting involvedGetting involved for one's own benefit or against others' willDebate and discussion
INTERRUPT to interrupt someone who is talking: "Mr Lawrence," the judge intervened, "please be silent."Interrupting and preventing from speaking
PREVENT If something intervenes, it stops something or prevents it from happening: She was going to marry Barratt but tragedy intervened.Preventing and impedingLimiting and restricting
(Definition of intervene from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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