Definition of intrude
1 : to thrust oneself in without invitation, permission, or welcome
2 : to enter as a geological intrusion
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
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.
Recent Examples of intrude from the Web
All of these skills come in handy when the outside world intrudes in the form of a WWI-era spy, Steve Trevor (Chris Pine), who crash lands off shore with German soldiers in hot pursuit.
To keep the noise of people walking in their homes from intruding on neighbors, Homans said acoustical engineers work to reduce the impact of footfalls.
Varga intrudes on the interrogation in the most shady way possible, even refusing to give his name.
Each was to devote much of his recital to music in minor keys, yet the works were of such emotional richness, depth and complexity that no simplistic notions of major as happy, and minor as sad, could intrude.
The Patriot Act was adopted six weeks after the 2001 terror attacks, and greatly expanded the government’s power to intrude into the private lives of Americans in the course of anti-terror and criminal investigations.
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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
First Known Use: 15th century
INTRUDE Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of intrude for Students
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
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