Intervene vs Meddle - What's the difference?

intervene | meddle |

As verbs the difference between intervene and meddle

is that intervene is (ambitransitive) to come between, or to be between, persons or things while meddle is (obsolete) to mix (something) with some other substance; to commingle, combine, blend.




  • (ambitransitive) To come between, or to be between, persons or things.
  • The Mediterranean intervenes between Europe and Africa.
  • * De Quincey
  • self-sown woodlands of birch, alder, etc., intervening the different estates
  • To occur, fall, or come between, points of time, or events; as, an instant intervened between the flash and the report; nothing intervened (i.e. between the intention and the execution) to prevent the undertaking.
  • To interpose; as, to intervene to settle a quarrel; get involved, so as to alter or hinder an action
  • (legal) In a suit to which one has not been made a party, to put forward a defense of one's interest in the subject matter.
  • (Abbott)




  • (obsolete) To mix (something) with some other substance; to commingle, combine, blend.
  • *1590 , Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene , II.i:
  • *:he cut a locke of all their heare, / Which medling with their bloud and earth, he threw / Into the graue.
  • *:
  • *:But after god came to Adam and bad hym knowe his wyf flesshly as nature requyred / Soo lay Adam with his wyf vnder the same tree / and anone the tree whiche was whyte and ful grene as ony grasse and alle that came oute of hit / and in the same tyme that they medled to gyders there was Abel begoten / thus was the tree longe of grene colour
  • *, II.5.1.v:
  • *:Take a ram's head that never meddled with an ewe, cut off at a blow, and the horns only taken away, boil it well, skin and wool together.
  • (senseid)To interfere (in) or (with); to concern oneself with unduly.
  • *Bible, 2 Kings xiv.10:
  • *:Why shouldst thou meddle to thy hurt?
  • *John Locke
  • *:The civil lawyershave meddled in a matter that belongs not to them.
  • (obsolete) To interest or engage oneself; to have to do (with), in a good sense.
  • *Tyndale
  • *:Study to be quiet, and to meddle with your own business.
  • :(Barrow)
  • Derived terms

    * meddlement * meddlesome * meddler