incursion

noun
in·​cur·​sion | \ in-ˈkər-zhən How to pronounce incursion (audio) \

Definition of incursion

1 : a hostile entrance into a territory : raid
2 : an entering in or into (something, such as an activity or undertaking) his only incursion into the arts

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Examples of incursion in a Sentence

an incursion into enemy airspace there were incursions from the border every summer
Recent Examples on the Web With an escalation of violence, a widening of the Turkish incursion and the prospect of a deepening conflict, all U.S. forces along the border will now follow that move. Robert Burns, The Denver Post, "Trump orders Turkey sanctions; U.S. scrambles for Syria exit," 14 Oct. 2019 With an escalation of violence, a widening of the Turkish incursion and the prospect of a deepening conflict, all U.S. forces along the border will now follow that move. Robert Burns, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Trump orders Turkey sanctions as US scrambles for Syria exit," 14 Oct. 2019 With an escalation of violence, a widening of the Turkish incursion and the prospect of a deepening conflict, all U.S. forces along the border will now follow that move. Robert Burns, Twin Cities, "US pulling out of northern Syria; full withdrawal possible," 13 Oct. 2019 That was 35 years ago, but that early incursion should have been a warning. al, "Seeking refuge from ‘the Alien’ invasion," 6 Aug. 2019 Aref, who is now in Kobane, about 35 miles west of Tal Abyad, said this incursion reminded him of when the Islamic State invaded his town in 2013. Asser Khattab, Washington Post, "‘Filled with hatred and a lust for blood’: Turkey’s proxy army in northern Syria accused of abusing civilians," 10 Nov. 2019 Marine scientists in Brazil are closely monitoring the incursion of a mysterious oil spill into the largest biodiversity hot spot in the South Atlantic Ocean. Herton Escobar, Science | AAAS, "Mysterious oil spill threatens marine biodiversity haven in Brazil," 4 Nov. 2019 European Council President Donald Tusk condemned the incursion and called on Turkey — which is a candidate for EU membership — to pull out troops. NBC News, "Turkey, Russia agree to clear Kurdish fighters and control the Syria-Turkey border," 22 Oct. 2019 The pending trade agreement that Trump said would be halted Monday was one element of a package that the Untied States had offered Turkey before the incursion began. Anchorage Daily News, "Trump calls for cease-fire in northern Syria and imposes sanctions on Turkey," 15 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of incursion

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for incursion

Middle English, from Middle French or Latin; Middle French, from Latin incursion-, incursio, from incurrere

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16 Feb 2020

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“Incursion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/incursion. Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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incursion

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English Language Learners Definition of incursion

formal : a sudden invasion or attack : an act of entering a place or area that is controlled by an enemy

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