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

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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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 Others contend that bans unnecessarily intrude on religious freedom. Michael Shields, The Christian Science Monitor, "Swiss government's rejection of burqa ban prompts binding referendum," 27 June 2018 Multiple sclerosis has ushered me into a new environment entirely, where the strange science of the brain intrudes into everyday life in unexpected ways and at unexpected times. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "The Inward Empire," 27 June 2018 The 2018 Ford Explorer rated poor because its structure collapsed – intruding as much as 15 inches into the SUV – resulting in a high likelihood of injuries to the front passenger's right hip and left lower leg. CBS News, "Latest crash tests reveal safety concerns for Ford Explorer, Jeep Grand Cherokee," 12 June 2018 Even before Mr Erdogan intruded so clumsily on its independence, the Turkish central bank was known for monetary intricacy. The Economist, "Turkey’s central bank has streamlined its fight against inflation," 31 May 2018 UConn has intruded on the national scene despite a high school-caliber home field. Dom Amore, courant.com, "For UConn, Jim Penders, The Dream Of Reaching Omaha Has Been Elusive, But Remains In Sight," 5 June 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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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

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intruder noun

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