verb (used without object), intervened, intervening.
to come between disputing people, groups, etc.; intercede; mediate.
to occur or be between two things.
to occur or happen between other events or periods: Nothing important intervened between the meetings.
(of things) to occur incidentally so as to modify or hinder: We enjoyed the picnic until a thunderstorm intervened.
to interfere with force or a threat of force: to intervene in the affairs of another country.
Law. to interpose and become a party to a suit pending between other parties.

1580–90; < Latin intervenīre to come between, equivalent to inter- inter- + venīre to come; see convene

reintervene, verb (used without object), reintervened, reintervening.
unintervening, adjective

1. arbitrate, interpose. Unabridged
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intervene (ˌɪntəˈviːn)
vb (foll by in or between)
1.  (often foll by in) to take a decisive or intrusive role (in) in order to modify or determine events or their outcome
2.  to come or be (among or between)
3.  (of a period of time) to occur between events or points in time
4.  (of an event) to disturb or hinder a course of action
5.  economics to take action to affect the market forces of an economy, esp to maintain the stability of a currency
6.  law to interpose and become a party to a legal action between others, esp in order to protect one's interests
[C16: from Latin intervenīre to come between, from inter- + venīre to come]

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Word Origin & History

c.1600, from L. intervenire, from inter "between" + venire "to come" (see venue).
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