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 geologic 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

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 Up until it was confronted by a world-wide pandemic, America had repulsed efforts by its government to intrude on a decision properly left between an employee, her doctor and her God. WSJ, 27 Dec. 2021 That goes for projects such as new commercial buildings and figuring out ordinances to ensure new developments have enough on-site parking so that cars don’t intrude on other neighborhoods. Alixel Cabrera, The Salt Lake Tribune, 26 Dec. 2021 The foundation has settled in some areas of the buildings, causing water to intrude and metal to rust. Bob Sandrick, cleveland, 24 Dec. 2021 Crafting an ability to thwart determined efforts to intrude into and/or lock-up critical information systems is the only way to reduce this form of crime. John Arquilla, Fortune, 9 Sep. 2021 But then the real world began to intrude on the narrative for 2021, and that reality became increasingly uncooperative as the year rolled along. David Blackmon, Forbes, 28 Dec. 2021 In the real world, IIHS discovered that a strong B-pillar, which was important for the old side-impact test, could bend the striking vehicle's front end, and those bent areas could intrude into the passenger cabin. Sebastian Blanco, Car and Driver, 28 Oct. 2021 Director William Greaves manufactures his own reality but also lets the world constantly intrude and shape his film. Alison Willmore, Vulture, 6 Dec. 2021 Today, those who can afford this treat often approach it with ritualistic reverence, scooping out the inky orbs with mother-of-pearl spoons, so no hint of metal will intrude upon the delicacy of the flavor. New York Times, 26 Nov. 2021

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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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22 Jan 2022

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“Intrude.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/intrude. Accessed 28 Jan. 2022.

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More Definitions for intrude

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 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

Other Words from intrude

intruder noun

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