Simple Definition of intrude
: to come or go into a place where you are not wanted or welcome
: to become involved with something private in an annoying way
Full Definition of intrude
1 : to thrust oneself in without invitation, permission, or welcome
2 : to enter as a geological intrusion
1 : to thrust or force in or upon someone or something especially without permission, welcome, or fitness <intruded himself into their lives>
2 : to cause to enter as if by force
Examples of intrude
Excuse me, sir. I don't mean to intrude, but you have a phone call.
Would I be intruding if I came along with you?
The plane intruded into their airspace.
Reporters constantly intruded into the couple's private life.
He didn't want to intrude upon their conversation.
Origin of intrude
Middle English, from Latin intrudere to thrust in, from in- + trudere to thrust — more at threat
First Known Use: 15th century
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