Definition of intervention in English:

intervention

noun

  • 1[mass noun] The action or process of intervening:

    ‘a high degree of state intervention in the economy’
    [count noun] ‘repeated interventions by central banks’
    • ‘Behind the parade of diets and workout regimes there have been more direct interventions.’
    • ‘They eagerly, even desperately, seek to create or receive such interventions.’
    • ‘As economic interventions go it must surely rank as one of the biggest failures in history.’
    • ‘Ecosystems are delicate and complex, easily disrupted by clumsy interventions.’
    • ‘However, these incentives are often distorted by interventions in the market.’
    • ‘Studies have shown that the tree would be safe with only minor interventions.’
    • ‘Most lyrical of all his interventions there is the restaurant on the edge of the vineyards.’
    • ‘We can make our observations and interventions on behalf of the emerging poem or story.’
    • ‘They were frustratingly denied by late deflections or timely interventions.’
    • ‘Research shows it's less helpful in normal labours and can lead to unnecessary interventions.’
    • ‘Also the possibilities of realist strategies as radical interventions should be broached.’
    • ‘Many have raised several matters that Ann's kindly interventions have resolved.’
    • ‘The result is one of the simplest artistic interventions I have ever seen and one of the most unforgettable.’
    • ‘What we have here then is an extraordinary range of fairly informed interventions.’
    • ‘Not only had he given his all going forward, he had helped out at the back with telling interventions.’
    • ‘Second the costs of interventions, both explicit and implicit, did not become excessive.’
    1. 1.1 Interference by a state in another's affairs:
      ‘the government was reported to be considering military intervention’
      • ‘Globalisation accelerates both the economic and military impact of imperialist intervention.’
      • ‘It is important to draw attention to this because it was a fully armed intervention under the Democrats.’
      • ‘These alliances led to increasing intervention in the affairs of such states and to wars fought on their behalf.’
      • ‘So the other powers have been mostly happy to go along with US military intervention.’
      • ‘Mass protests in the West will strengthen all those in the Middle East who want to resist imperialist intervention.’
      • ‘European countries are also strengthening their military intervention in West Africa.’
      • ‘Such military intervention served to fuel these proxy wars rather than stop them.’
      • ‘State intervention is considered quite acceptable in these circumstances.’
      • ‘Firstly comes direct intervention in the affairs of another country.’
      • ‘Does the goal of defending or developing democracy justify military intervention and occupation of a country?’
      • ‘We have to build a movement that demands an end to the war and an end to US imperialist intervention in the region.’
      • ‘There is growing global resentment concerning Americas policy of intervention in global affairs.’
      • ‘This military intervention was sharply opposed from the beginning by the Polish people.’
      • ‘Underlying this was a fear of French intervention in Irish affairs.’
      • ‘On my campus, there have been debates about whether any military intervention can be defended.’
      • ‘A call went out for immediate protests this weekend against the danger of U.S. military intervention.’
      • ‘It was precisely the product of 100 years of brutal intervention by colonial and imperialist forces.’
      • ‘I think we have to be concerned that we could have too much overkill, in terms of military intervention.’
      • ‘When in history has liberation ever resulted as a happy byproduct of imperialist intervention?’
      • ‘While McDonald spoke of a limited operation, military intervention has a logic of its own.’
      involvement, intercession, interceding, interposing, interposition
      mediation, mediatorship, arbitration, conciliation, peacemaking
      interference, intrusion, meddling
      arbitrament
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    2. 1.2 Action taken to improve a medical disorder:
      ‘two patients were referred for surgical intervention’
      • ‘Isn't this a natural event best managed without medical intervention?’
      • ‘This suggests that the intervention improved clinical selection of cases for sputum sampling.’
      • ‘At the moment, one in three births involves complications requiring medical intervention.’
      • ‘Surgical intervention or, less commonly, thrombolytic therapy is indicated.’
      • ‘One child exhibited odd behaviour and one mild respiratory depression requiring no medical intervention.’
      • ‘Are happiness and enhanced self image the appropriate outcomes of medical intervention?’
      • ‘Some of these artists have drawn on their own experience of the effects of illness and medical intervention on their bodies.’
      • ‘There is insufficient evidence as to whether this intervention improves cognitive performance.’
      • ‘Parents want autism to be diagnosed as early as possible, and early intervention may improve long term outcomes.’
      • ‘Surgical intervention is required at the earliest sign of an abscess.’
      • ‘The data will be analysed for possible trends and ways to improve and target medical intervention.’
      • ‘Lack of medical intervention can lead to disability, pain, and reduced functioning.’
      • ‘Box 1 shows the main interventions for urinary tract infections and sore throat.’
      • ‘Many interventions can be delivered through day surgery rather than lengthy hospital stays.’
      • ‘Now is the time for pharmacological intervention, done under medical supervision.’
      • ‘The internet is a feasible and powerful tool in delivering community based health interventions.’
      • ‘More and more problems are seen as amenable to medical intervention.’
      • ‘Could it be our interventions hinder the body's strategies to heal itself?’
      • ‘This condition needs medical intervention both in the form of rapid diagnosis and treatment.’
      • ‘Both treated and control groups received the same level of medical intervention.’
    3. 1.3[count noun] An occasion on which a person with an addiction or other behavioural problem is confronted by a group of friends or family members in an attempt to persuade them to address the issue:
      ‘as her health worsened, her daughters considered staging an intervention’
      • ‘She has revealed an intervention staged by her daughters finally prompted her to seek help for addiction issues.’
      • ‘You need an intervention to save you from yourself.’
      • ‘He came clean about his addiction for the first time after his roommates staged an intervention.’
      • ‘In the beginning, most people who go to rehab, whether it's because of an intervention or any other reason, don't go for the right reason.’
      • ‘Tina claims the family was so concerned for her well-being, at one point they staged an intervention.’
      • ‘But my lovely husband, like a concerned family member staging an intervention, wouldn't let me fall back into my old ways.’
      • ‘You're still good right now, but if you start to look skinnier, I will perform an intervention.’
      • ‘The problem was so bad it caused her co-stars to throw an intervention.’
      • ‘When someone falls off track in life, people will often form a mob for the purposes of holding an intervention.’
      • ‘With the help of an outside counselor, the family staged an intervention, and convinced her to leave the organization.’
      • ‘If all else fails, you may even want to arrange an intervention with people she trusts, like girlfriends who know about her obsession with weight.’
      • ‘In the early 1990s, they staged an intervention, warning him that he was killing himself.’
      • ‘My housemates nearly had to wrest the CD from me and hold an intervention after I bought it and put it on 'repeat' for the next 4 days.’
      • ‘Perhaps if enough of his buddies feel this way, but are afraid to say something, they might help stage an intervention.’
      • ‘The only people bold enough to conduct an intervention are those who consider themselves very close to you.’
      • ‘There was an intervention: they told me what I meant to them and told me I was killing myself, and they hated to see that happen.’
      • ‘When a loved one destroys himself with drink or drugs, we stage an intervention in the hope of forcing him to recognize the cost of his behavior to himself and to those who depend on him.’
      • ‘Once you decide to have an intervention, planning and preparation are the keys to success.’
      • ‘An intervention, two stints in the Betty Ford clinic and a long retreat in Oregon helped her to clean out for good.’

Origin

Late Middle English: from Latin interventio(n-), from the verb intervenire (see intervene).

Pronunciation:

intervention

/ɪntəˈvɛnʃ(ə)n/