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Definition of intercept verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

intercept

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˌɪntəˈsept//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌɪntərˈsept//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they intercept
BrE BrE//ˌɪntəˈsept//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌɪntərˈsept//
 
he / she / it intercepts
BrE BrE//ˌɪntəˈsepts//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌɪntərˈsepts//
 
past simple intercepted
BrE BrE//ˌɪntəˈseptɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌɪntərˈseptɪd//
 
past participle intercepted
BrE BrE//ˌɪntəˈseptɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌɪntərˈseptɪd//
 
-ing form intercepting
BrE BrE//ˌɪntəˈseptɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌɪntərˈseptɪŋ//
 
Terrorism
 
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intercept somebody/something to stop somebody/something that is going from one place to another from arriving Reporters intercepted him as he tried to leave the hotel. The letter was intercepted. See related entries: Terrorism Word Origin late Middle English (in the senses ‘contain between limits’ and ‘halt (an effect)’): from Latin intercept- ‘caught between’, from the verb intercipere, from inter- ‘between’ + capere ‘take’.