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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The fire never intruded within the 86-year-old structure. George Avalos, The Mercury News, "Fire erupts next to old downtown San Jose post office, quickly doused," 31 Aug. 2019 From now on, the days shorten, football intrudes, the dull throb of daily obligation gets in the way. Los Angeles Times, "‘Burning Man in the South Bay’: A crazy beach party aglow with bonfires and tradition," 29 Aug. 2019 Any anomaly at all — any fish or rock or unidentified whatever — that intrudes on the static image, gets noted loudly and excitedly, its timestamp recorded by a student. Christopher Borrelli, chicagotribune.com, "With duct tape and 72 magnets, scientists are looking for a meteor on the bottom of Lake Michigan. Will they find it?," 28 Aug. 2019 And there is one final piece of reality that intrudes into Rose’s fictional story: A notorious serial killer has left his mark. Matthew J. Palm, orlandosentinel.com, "CFCArts’ ‘12 Angry Jurors’ puts the audience in the courtroom," 2 Aug. 2019 Our neighbor has trespassed continuously, has intruded with our renovation and has even sprayed pesticide on plants on our property. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, "Young mom wants to repair fractured family," 25 Aug. 2019 Our neighbor has trespassed continuously, has intruded with our renovation and has even sprayed pesticide on plants on our property. Amy Dickinson, Washington Post, "Ask Amy: Young mom wants to repair fractured family," 25 Aug. 2019 Our neighbor has trespassed continuously, has intruded with our renovation and has even sprayed pesticide on plants on our property. Amy Dickinson, The Mercury News, "Ask Amy: Can I fix this before my son realizes what he missed out on?," 25 Aug. 2019 Our neighbor has trespassed continuously, has intruded with our renovation and has even sprayed pesticide on plants on our property. Ask Amy, oregonlive.com, "Ask Amy: Daughter wants to repair fractured relationship but isn’t sure how," 25 Aug. 2019

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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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