An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
intransitive verb
1. (to step in)
a. to intervene
Llegaron a las manos y tuvo que intervenir la policía.They came to blows, and the police had to intervene.
b. to get involved
No quiero intervenir en sus discusiones conyugales.I don't want to get involved in their marital arguments.
2. (military)
a. to intervene
Fue entonces cuando los Aliados decidieron intervenir.It was then that the Allies decided to intervene.
3. (to mediate)
a. to intervene
Se ha sabido que el Papa intervino en las negociaciones diplomáticas entre ambos países.It is now known that the Pope intervened in the diplomatic negotiations between the two countries.
b. to intercede
La ONG intervino ante el gobierno a favor de la liberación de los presos políticos.The NGO interceded on behalf of the political prisoners' release with the government.
4. (to influence)
a. to have a bearing
En dicha transformación intervinieron múltiples factores.Multiple factors had a bearing on that transformation.
5. (to participate)
a. to take part (in a debate or a competition)
En el debate intervendrán grandes personalidades del mundo de la política.Important political figures will take part in the debate.
b. to appear (in a show or a movie)
El actor ha intervenido en varias películas de Woody Allen.The actor has appeared in several of Woody Allen's movies.
c. to perform (in a show or a movie)
La cantante viajó ayer a Madrid, donde intervendrá en un espectáculo benéfico.The singer traveled yesterday to Madrid, where she will perform in a charity show.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
6. (medicine)
a. to operate on
Lo tuvieron que intervenir de urgencia tras sufrir un grave accidente.He had to be urgently operated on after he had a serious accident.
7. (to bug a phone)
a. to tap
La policía intervino el teléfono del narcotraficante.The police tapped the drug trafficker's phone line.
8. (to inspect accounts)
a. to audit
El gobierno acabó por intervenir las cuentas del ayuntamiento.The government ended up auditing the town councils' accounts.
9. (to impound)
a. to seize (drugs, arms, property)
El tribunal intervino los bienes del deudor.The court seized the debtor's property.
b. to confiscate (drugs, arms, property)
La policía intervino las armas robadas.The police confiscated the stolen weapons.
c. to freeze (a bank account or property)
Hacienda intervino sus cuentas bancarias mientras era investigado por evasión fiscal.The Treasury Department froze his bank accounts while he was investigated for tax evasion.
10. (to take over the running of)
a. to take control of
Tras el golpe, el ejército intervino los noticieros y otras fuentes de información.After the coup, the army took control of the news broadcasts and other information sources.
b. to put into administration (a firm or a bank)
El gobierno intervino la empresa para evitar su quiebra.In order to avoid the firm going bankrupt, the government put it into administration.
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (operar)
intervenir (quirúrgicamente)to operate on
2. (teléfono, línea)
a. to tap
3. (incautarse de)
a. to seize
4. (finance)
a. to audit
5. (empresa)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
a. to put into administration
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
intransitive verb
6. (participar)
a. to take part
7. (en discusión, debate)
a. to make a contribution
intervino en varias películas cómicasshe appeared in several comedy films
en la evolución de la economía intervienen muchos factoresseveral different factors play a part in the state of the economy
después del presidente intervino el Sr. RamírezMr Ramirez spoke after the president
8. (interferir, imponer el orden)
a. to intervene
9. (operar)
intervenir (quirúrgicamente)to operate
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intransitive verb
1 (tomar parte) to take part
no intervino en el debate he did not take part in the debate; la reyerta en la que intervino el acusado the brawl in which the defendant took part o was involved
2 (injerirse) to intervene
España rehusó intervenir militarmente Spain refused to intervene militarily; la policía intervino para separar a las dos pandillas the police intervened to separate the two gangs
3 (mediar)
el presidente intervino para que se pudiera llegar a un acuerdo the president mediated o interceded so that an agreement could be reached; intervino para que los sacaran de la cárcel he used his influence to get them out of prison; las circunstancias que intervinieron en mi dimisión the circumstances that influenced my resignation; él no intervino en la decisión he did not have a hand in the decision
transitive verb
1 (controlar) to take over; take control of
la junta militar intervino todas las cadenas estatales the junta took over o took control of all the state-run channels; el gobierno intervino a los ferroviarios the government took over o took control of the railworkers' union
2 (Com) [+cuenta] to audit; [+banco, empresa] to take into administration; [+cuenta, bienes] to freeze
3 (Med) to operate on
lo intervinieron quirúrgicamente he was operated on
4 [+droga, armas, patrimonio, bienes] to confiscate; seize
5 [+teléfono] to tap
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