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Definition of intervention noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    intervention

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    noun
    BrE BrE//ˌɪntəˈvenʃn//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌɪntərˈvenʃn//
     
    [uncountable, countable]
     
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  1. 1action taken to improve or help a situation calls for government intervention to save the steel industry intervention in something In the second group of states, direct intervention in the economy was limited.
  2. 2action by a country to become involved in the affairs of another country when they have not been asked to do so armed/military intervention intervention in something NATO intervention in the troubled region CollocationsInternational relationsTrade facilitate/​regulate trade (with other countries) form/​join a trading bloc live in/​compete in a global/​the world economy support/​promote free trade adopt/​call for/​oppose protectionist measures erect/​impose/​reduce/​remove trade barriers impose/​lift/​raise/​eliminate import tariffs (on something) have/​run a huge/​large/​growing trade surplus/​deficit embrace/​resist/​drive globalizationPolitics and law conduct/​handle/​talk about/​discuss foreign policy pursue an aggressive/​a hawkish foreign policy require/​use/​conduct diplomacy establish/​break off/​sever/​restore diplomatic relations foster/​promote/​strengthen regional cooperation facilitate/​achieve economic/​political integration exercise/​defend/​protect/​transfer/​restore/​regain national/​state/​full/​limited sovereignty consolidate/​extend/​lose/​retain your power (in the region) hold/​maintain/​change/​alter/​shift/​be a shift in the balance of power (in the region) cause/​create/​open/​expose/​heal/​repair a deep/​growing/​major/​serious rift between X and YMeetings and agreements have/​hold/​host/​attend an international conference/​an economic forum/​a G20 summit launch a new round of global/​multilateral/​world trade negotiations send/​head/​lead/​meet a high-level/​an official/​a trade delegation begin/​start/​continue/​resume peace talks be committed to/​be opposed to/​disrupt/​undermine/​derail/​sabotage the peace process negotiate/​achieve a lasting political settlement broker/​sign a peace deal/​agreement/​treatyConflict be/​constitute/​pose a threat to global security compromise/​endanger/​protect national security justify/​be in favour of/ (especially US English) be in favor of/​be against military intervention threaten/​authorize/​launch/​take/​support/​oppose unilateral/​pre-emptive military action impose/​enforce/​lift/​end economic sanctions/​an arms embargo/​a naval blockade close/​protect/​secure/​patrol the border lead/​be involved in a peacekeeping operationAid negotiate/​announce a $15 billion aid package/​an economic stimulus package send/​provide/​request/​cut off military aid bring/​provide emergency/​humanitarian relief deliver/​distribute medical supplies/(British English) food parcels fund/​run a foreign/​a local/​an international NGO reduce/​eradicate child/​global/​world poverty
  3. 3action taken to improve a medical condition or illness a medical/surgical intervention Most patients make a recovery without further intervention.
  4. 4intervention (in something) the act of interrupting somebody when they are speaking in order to say something People resented his repeated interventions in the debate.
  5. 5an occasion when a group of people confront a friend or family member who has an addiction to drugs or alcohol, in order to help them recover Her daughters staged an intervention. Family intervention is an essential component of treatment for adolescent drug abuse.

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