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[in-ter-sep-shuh n] /ˌɪn tərˈsɛp ʃən/
an act or instance of intercepting.
the state or fact of being intercepted.
  1. the engaging of an enemy force in an attempt to hinder or prevent it from carrying out its mission.
  2. the monitoring of enemy radio transmission to obtain information.
Origin of interception
1590-1600; < Latin interceptiōn- (stem of interceptiō). See intercept, -ion Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • interception and divulgence of radio communications is governed by many jurisdictions, including federal and state.
  • The suppressed psychic impulse remains strong enough to revenge itself, by discontent and interception, on the suppressing agency.
  • It creates myriad opportunities for sabotage or interception by bad actors.
  • Tipu had taken up position at a strategic moment, engineering the interception.
  • It was a lame excuse to show off satellite interception capability.
  • And the system inspects only those communications that are legally authorized for interception.
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  • The defense produced an interception return for a touchdown and set up another touchdown with an interception.
  • It must contain a statement of the period of time for which the interception is to be maintained.
Word Origin and History for interception

early 15c., "action of intercepting" (the flow of a bodily fluid), from Latin interceptionem (nominative interceptio) "a seizing, taking away," noun of action from intercipere (see intercept). Specific football/rugby sense is attested by 1906. Meaning "action of closing in on and destroying an enemy aircraft, etc." is recorded from 1941.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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