From the Latin "intervenire," meaning “to come between,” the verb intervene means just that: to get involved, to jump in the middle of something, to interfere.

The verb intervene was first recorded around 1600. Since then there haven't been many interventions in its meaning or usage. You should probably intervene in a heated verbal fight between two of your friends before it escalates and gets physical. Especially if they're debating the United States’ habit of intervening in international conflicts.

Definitions of intervene
  1. verb
    be placed or located between other things or extend between spaces and events
    “This interludes intervenes between the two movements”
    “Eight days intervened
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    type of:
    be located or situated somewhere; occupy a certain position
  2. verb
    occur between other events or between certain points of time
    “the war intervened between the birth of her two children”
  3. verb
    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?”
    synonyms: interfere, interpose, step in
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    meddle, tamper
    intrude in other people's affairs or business; interfere unwantedly
    encroach on the rights of others, as in trading without a proper license
    type of:
    act together or towards others or with others
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