AskDefine | Define intercept

Dictionary Definition

intercept n : the point at which a line intersects a coordinate axis


1 seize on its way; "The fighter plane was ordered to intercept an aircraft that had entered the country's airspace" [syn: stop]
2 tap a telephone or telegraph wire to get information; "The FBI was tapping the phone line of the suspected spy"; "Is this hotel room bugged?" [syn: wiretap, tap, bug]

User Contributed Dictionary




* a RP ĭntəsĕpt', /ɪntəˈsɛpt/, /Int@"sEpt/
  • a US ĭntərsĕpt', /ɪntɚˈsɛpt/, /Int@`"sEpt/* a RP ĭn'təsĕpt, /ˈɪntəsɛpt/, /"Int@sEpt/
  • a US ĭn'tərsĕpt, /ˈɪntɚsɛpt/, /"Int@`sEpt/
    Rhymes: -ɛpt


  1. An interception of a radio broadcast or a telephone call.
  2. An interception of a missile.
  3. The coordinate of the point at which a curve intersects an axis.


interception of a radio broadcast or a telephone call
  • Finnish: sieppaus
  • Japanese: 傍受
interception of a missile
  • Finnish: torjunta
  • Japanese: 迎撃
coordinate of the point at which a curve intersects an axis

See also


  1. To stop, deflect or divert (something in progress or motion).
  2. In the context of "transitive|sports": To gain possession of (the ball) in a ball game.


to stop, deflect or divert
  • Finnish: pysäyttää, torjua, katkaista, keskeyttää
  • Japanese: 阻止する
to gain possession of
  • Dutch: onderscheppen
  • Finnish: siepata, riistää
  • Japanese: 奪う
  • Spanish: interceptar, interrumpir

Extensive Definition

Intercept can refer to:

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

arrest, attend, attend to, auscultate, be all ears, bend an ear, block, bottle up, bug, catch, check, cock the ears, countercheck, curb, cut off, dam up, damp, dampen, deflect, delay, detain, eavesdrop, examine by ear, give attention, give audience to, give ear, grab, hark, head off, hear, hear out, hearken, heed, hinder, hold back, hold in check, hold up, impede, inhibit, interfere, interfere with, intermeddle, interrupt, intervene, keep back, keep in check, lend an ear, listen, listen at, listen in, listen to, meddle, oppose, repress, resist, restrain, retard, scotch, seize, set back, sit in on, slacken, snub, stop, suppress, take, tap, trap, wiretap
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