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 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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Recent Examples on the Web

New standards and frequency-hopping technologies can help ease the strain on the spectrum, but even the most flexible wireless architecture needs access to at least a sliver of spectrum without intruding on another signal—and many IoT applications. Popular Mechanics, "The Invisible Battle for America’s Airwaves," 17 June 2019 No doorbell, no automobile horn, no PA announcement intrudes. Barry Lopez, Harper's magazine, "Polar Light," 10 Jan. 2019 And the question really is, was there other information sufficient beyond the Steele dossier to justify intruding on the privacy rights of an American citizen? Fox News, "Rep. Bob Goodlate: Page FISA documents show serious FBI problems," 22 July 2018 Equity markets took a header on Tuesday as global troubles intruded on the story of faster U.S. economic growth. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "America First Meets Mr. Market," 29 May 2018 Real life also has a way of intruding in unwelcome ways. Quanta Magazine, "A Revealer of Secrets in the Data of Life and the Universe," 11 Apr. 2018 The gas-electric version of Toyota’s small crossover is quicker and more responsive, more powerful and more capable and smarter about packaging (the new battery pack doesn’t intrude on rear cargo space). WSJ, "2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid: Great Performance, Even Better Fuel Economy," 19 Apr. 2019 But violence intrudes even here when a woman is found shot dead on the beach. Tom Nolan, WSJ, "Mysteries: The Tyranny of the Greater Good," 13 Dec. 2018 Unseen in the photograph, his vision behind the camera is serene, intruding and present. New York Times, "The Artists Who Brought Asian-Americans Into the Annals of Contemporary Art," 12 Apr. 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 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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