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

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Other Words from intrude

intruder noun

Synonyms for intrude

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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 Shallow ledges on another wall barely intrude into a pathway through the room but still showcase artwork in easy-to-rotate fashion. Sarah Halverson, Better Homes & Gardens, "This Small Condo Trades Square Footage for a Spacious Backyard and Proximity to the Coast," 4 May 2021 In Mark’s more difficult images, harsh realities intrude on girlhood. Washington Post, "Photographer Mary Ellen Mark captured the contradictions of modern girlhood," 21 Apr. 2021 And yet those memories can’t be allowed to intrude on our perception of the present, or to be randomly rewritten by new experiences. Quanta Magazine, "The Brain ‘Rotates’ Memories to Save Them From New Sensations," 15 Apr. 2021 But the Justices, especially Coney Barrett, ask a lot of questions about why the government should be able to intrude on private property all without some sort of compelling justification, this would signal a much harder veer to the right. Evan Gerstmann, Forbes, "On Monday The Supreme Court May Reveal Just How Conservative It Really Is," 21 Mar. 2021 Opponents, however, said the complex would destroy the peace of a popular walking, jogging and skiing destination and intrude on a thriving ecosystem. Jesse Leavenworth, courant.com, "South Windsor voters reject proposed sports complex and relocation of town hall at referendum," 16 Mar. 2021 Even when data is shared freely, geopolitics can intrude on the science, says Ruth Gamble, a lecturer at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia. Lou Del Bello, Wired, "Border Disputes Threaten Climate Science in the Himalayas," 27 Feb. 2021 For a university to intrude struck others as alarming. New York Times, "Obscure Musicology Journal Sparks Battles Over Race and Free Speech," 14 Feb. 2021 But with all the food and beverage service outdoors, and everyone staying well away from staffers or anyone not in their party, there was so much room to move around in relative sunny isolation that fear did not intrude. Chris Jones, chicagotribune.com, "Quick escape to Montego Bay offers Jamaican sunshine and a feeling of safety from COVID-19," 3 Mar. 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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10 May 2021

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“Intrude.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/intrude. Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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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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