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Translation of intercept in Spanish:

transitive verb

American English: /ˌɪn(t)ərˈsɛpt/
British English: /ˌɪntəˈsɛpt/
  • 1.1
    they were intercepted before they reached the building
    les cerraron el paso antes de llegar al edificio
    Example sentences
    • Until now it has been legally prevented from intercepting communications amongst Canadians within Canada.
    • To the fore came satellite imagery and the National Security Agency's capacity to intercept communications.
    • The other agencies have a similar problem, but NSA is our intelligence-gathering agency that intercepts the airwaves, and they pick up more conversations than any other intelligence-gatherer.
    1.2 (Mathematics)
    Example sentences
    • This is aligned north/south and can be intercepted at various angles.


American English: /ˈɪn(t)ərsɛpt/
British English: /ˈɪntəsɛpt/
  • 1.1 (Military) 1.2
    Example sentences
    • They knew that the operation was in trouble from intercepts of Japanese radio traffic.
    • But these officials said they are not certain how reliable the information is and said there are no radio intercepts or other types of evidence to corroborate the reports.
    • We have the ability to read their mail through radio intercepts.
    1.3 (American English) (Telecom)they put an intercept on my telephone line
    intervinieron mi línea telefónica
    the intercepts were used as evidence
    las grabaciones de las llamadas se usaron como prueba

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