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.
Recent Examples on the Web The rural region has been largely spared the warfare raging elsewhere, but periodic reminders intrude. Los Angeles Times, 17 May 2022 Now, the trio are joined by Jupiter, and the four planets can be seen by the naked eye in a straight line for the rest of April, as long as city lights don't intrude. Jordan Mendoza, USA TODAY, 17 Apr. 2022 Vibration is the enemy of any turntable, and this one is designed from the ground up to minimize the chances that vibration is going to intrude on the sound of your vinyl. Brad Moon, Forbes, 24 Apr. 2022 Though some readers will find the happy ending a bit wobbly as recent world events intrude, the voyage is one worth taking. Carole V. Bell, The Atlantic, 22 Mar. 2022 Supernatural visions and indigenous folk myths intrude in an unpredictable and dreamlike Mexican film about a family living in the shadow of the apocalypse. Lise Pedersen, Variety, 1 Mar. 2022 Almost instantly, the hackers could intrude into the networks of all of those entities. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, 6 Dec. 2021 Foreign affairs issues rarely intrude into a Canadian election campaign, but the first few days on the hustings were dominated by biting questions about Canada's response to the United States' abrupt pullout from Afghanistan. Michael Bociurkiw, CNN, 22 Sep. 2021 Over the years, Roz Chast has demonstrated a remarkable talent for imagining the vast taxonomy of things that can—and sometimes do—intrude on a day of fun at the beach. Françoise Mouly, The New Yorker, 9 Aug. 2021 See More

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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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introvertive

intrude

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22 May 2022

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“Intrude.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/intrude. Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for intrude

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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