Intercept In`ter*cept", v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Intercepted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Intercepting}.] [L. interceptus, p. p. of intercipere to intercept; inter between + capere to take, seize: cf. F. intercepter. See {Capable}.] [1913 Webster] 1. To take or seize by the way, or before arrival at the destined place; to cause to stop on the passage; as, to intercept a letter; a telegram will intercept him at Paris. [1913 Webster]

God will shortly intercept your breath. --Joye. [1913 Webster]

2. To obstruct or interrupt the progress of; to stop; to hinder or oppose; as, to intercept the current of a river. [1913 Webster]

Who intercepts me in my expedition? --Shak. [1913 Webster]

We must meet first, and intercept his course. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

3. To interrupt communication with, or progress toward; to cut off, as the destination; to blockade. [1913 Webster]

While storms vindictive intercept the shore. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

4. (Math.) To include between; as, that part of the line which is intercepted between the points A and B.

5. To overhear or view (a communication or message intended for another), without hindering its passage; as, to intercept a telephone call. [PJC]

6. (Sports) To catch and take possession of (a ball passed between members of an opposing team); as, the back intercepted the pass and ran the ball back for a touchdown. [PJC]

Syn: To cut off; stop; catch; seize; obstruct. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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