intrude

verb
in·​trude | \ in-ˈtrüd How to pronounce intrude (audio) \
intruded; intruding

Definition of intrude

intransitive verb

1 : to thrust oneself in without invitation, permission, or welcome
2 : to enter as a geological intrusion

transitive verb

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

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Other Words from intrude

intruder noun

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Examples of intrude in a Sentence

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web The battery doesn’t intrude on passenger or luggage room. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "2021 Mustang Mach-E electric SUV is everything most of us could ask for," 15 Dec. 2020 No children or Santa Clauses intrude on the scene; just blazing hearth fires, late-night caroling and the promise of other adult pleasures. Jody Rosen, Los Angeles Times, "The 50 best Christmas songs of the last 50 years," 14 Dec. 2020 In writing the law, Congress wisely decided to intrude as little as possible on the new blooming world of internet communication and commerce and revisit the issue later. Clarence Page, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Social media: Everyone’s sharing, no one is taking responsibility," 20 Nov. 2020 These judicial antics intrude into the president’s sole authority to enforce the law, and also pull the courts beyond their limited constitutional role to only decide cases or controversies between parties. John Yoo, National Review, "Implications of the Flynn Pardon," 25 Nov. 2020 The stylish Rooftop in downtown Fort Lauderdale creates a world of carefree, beautiful people and cocktails on its social media, and nowhere does COVID intrude on this vibe on its Instagram or Facebook pages. Ben Crandell, sun-sentinel.com, "’Twas the night before Thanksgiving — What are the COVID rules at your favorite bar?," 25 Nov. 2020 People who decide that voting isn’t worth their time are expressing contentment, a certain level of satisfaction with how much or how little politics and politicians intrude on their daily lives. Jason L. Riley, WSJ, "What’s So Great About High Voter Turnout?," 4 Nov. 2020 And in September, Microsoft reported that a Russian hacking group has attempted to intrude into the digital files of at least 200 organizations tied to the 2020 U.S. election. Scott Jasper, The Conversation, "Will Russia influence the American vote?," 29 Oct. 2020 The turmoil is also revealing a fault line through ultra-Orthodox New York over the question of how much the government — and the pandemic — should be allowed to intrude on religious life. Joseph Goldstein, New York Times, "Inspired by Trump, Hasidic Backlash Grows Over Virus Rules," 15 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of intrude

15th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for intrude

Middle English, from Latin intrudere to thrust in, from in- + trudere to thrust — more at threat

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The first known use of intrude was in the 15th century

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23 Dec 2020

Cite this Entry

“Intrude.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/intrude. Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for intrude

intrude

verb
How to pronounce intrude (audio)

English Language Learners 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

intrude

verb
in·​trude | \ in-ˈtrüd How to pronounce intrude (audio) \
intruded; intruding

Kids Definition of intrude

1 : to force in, into, or on especially where not right or proper She intruded into our conversation.
2 : to come or go in without an invitation or right

Other Words from intrude

intruder noun

intrude

verb
in·​trude | \ in-ˈtrüd How to pronounce intrude (audio) \
intruded; intruding

Legal Definition of intrude

intransitive verb

1 : to enter by intrusion
2 : encroach a search that intrudes on a person's privacy

transitive verb

: to encroach on or upon without permission or right

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intruder noun

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