intrude

verb in·trude \ in-ˈtrüd \

Definition of intrude

intruded; intruding
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

intruder

noun

Examples of intrude in a Sentence

  1. Excuse me, sir. I don't mean to intrude, but you have a phone call.

  2. Would I be intruding if I came along with you?

  3. The plane intruded into their airspace.

  4. Reporters constantly intruded into the couple's private life.

  5. He didn't want to intrude upon their conversation.

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Origin and Etymology of intrude

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

intrude Synonyms

Synonyms
break in, chime in, chip in [chiefly British], cut in, interpose, interrupt
Related Words
barge (in), bother, horn in; add, contribute, put in
Near Antonyms
avoid, eschew, shun; disregard, ignore, neglect, overlook

INTRUDE Defined for English Language Learners

intrude

verb

Definition of intrude for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

intrude

verb in·trude \ in-ˈtrüd \

Definition of intrude for Students

intruded; intruding
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

intruder

noun

Law Dictionary

intrude

verb in·trude \ in-ˈtrüd \

legal Definition of intrude

intruded; intruding
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

intruder

noun


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