intrude

verb
in·​trude | \in-ˈtrüd \
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

Synonyms for intrude

Synonyms

break in, chime in, chip in [chiefly British], cut in, interpose, interrupt

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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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The hackers used spear phishing to deploy malware and other means to intrude into a French aerospace company that was developing the engines with a U.S. company, prosecutors said. Brian Melley, The Seattle Times, "Chinese intelligence officers charged in US aviation hacking," 30 Oct. 2018 With more and more people traveling for work with Surface and other devices, the potential for the outside world to intrude grows. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft launches next-gen Surface Pro 6, Surface Laptop, Surface Studio and more," 2 Oct. 2018 The vehicle's safety cage intruded into the cabin by up to 10 inches. CBS News, "Latest crash tests reveal safety concerns for Ford Explorer, Jeep Grand Cherokee," 12 June 2018 Dana Rohrabacher of Costa Mesa and Don Young of Alaska, are demanding an end to federal marijuana laws that intrude on the states. Evan Halper, latimes.com, "Trump says he is likely to support ending blanket federal ban on marijuana," 8 June 2018 But the judge also seemed to want to carefully fashion an injunction that would not intrude on the federal government’s broad authority over immigration enforcement. Greg Moran, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Federal judge weighs request to halt ICE family separation practice," 4 May 2018 For Cathleen Ni Houlihan, director Marcia Ferguson manages the right combination of light and dark, as the alluring Cathleen intrudes on the joys of family, money, and matrimony. Julia M. Klein, Philly.com, "'Women of Ireland': Five plays in an hour, classic and contemporary," 9 Apr. 2018 Their typology keeps intruding: If only the set-up could somehow be more organic, more true, and if only the heart could be more engaged. Chris Jones, chicagotribune.com, "Review: 'A Taste of Things to Come' needs more zest," 27 Mar. 2018 The fashion industry illustrates how machines can intrude even on workers known more for their creativity than for cold empirical judgments. New York Times, "High-Skilled White-Collar Work? Machines Can Do That, Too," 7 July 2018

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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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intrude

verb

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 \
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 \
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

Other Words from intrude

intruder noun

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