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1. a stage in a sequence of events at which the trend of all future events, esp. for better or for worse, is determined; turning point.
2. a condition of instability or danger, as in social, economic, political, or international affairs, leading to a decisive change.
3. a dramatic emotional or circumstantial upheaval in a person's life.
4. Medicine/Medical. a. the point in the course of a serious disease at which a decisive change occurs, leading either to recovery or to death.
b. the change itself.
5. the point in a play or story at which hostile elements are most tensely opposed to each other.

6. of, referring to, or for use in dealing with a crisis.

Synonyms: These nouns denote a critical point or state of affairs: a military crisis; government policy at the crossroad; had predicted the health-care exigency; a problem that is coming to a head; negotiations that had reached a crucial juncture; things rapidly coming to a desperate pass.

1. the act or fact of intervening.
2. interposition or interference of one state in the affairs of another.

in·ter·vene (in't?r-ven') in·ter·vened, in·ter·ven·ing, in·ter·venes
To come, appear, or lie between two things:
You can't see the lake from there because the house intervenes.

To come or occur between two periods or points of time:
" A year intervened between the two dynasties."

To occur as an extraneous or unplanned circumstance:
He would have his degree by now if his laziness hadn't intervened.

To involve oneself in a situation so as to alter or hinder an action or development:
"Every gardener faces choices about how and how much to intervene in nature's processes" (Dora Galitzki).

To interfere, usually through force or threat of force, in the affairs of another nation.
Law: To enter into a suit as a third party for one's own interests.


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