invade

verb
in·​vade | \ in-ˈvād How to pronounce invade (audio) \
invaded; invading

Definition of invade

transitive verb

1 : to enter for conquest or plunder
2 : to encroach upon : infringe
3a : to spread over or into as if invading : permeate doubts invade his mind
b : to affect injuriously and progressively gangrene invades healthy tissue

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Other Words from invade

invader noun

Synonyms for invade

Synonyms

foray (into), overrun, raid

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trespass, encroach, infringe, invade mean to make inroads upon the property, territory, or rights of another. trespass implies an unwarranted or unlawful intrusion. hunters trespassing on farmland encroach suggests gradual or stealthy entrance upon another's territory or usurpation of another's rights or possessions. the encroaching settlers displacing the native peoples infringe implies an encroachment clearly violating a right or prerogative. infringing a copyright invade implies a hostile and injurious entry into the territory or sphere of another. accused of invading their privacy

Examples of invade in a Sentence

The troops invaded at dawn. When tourists invade, the town is a very different place. The cancer eventually invaded the brain. Weeds had invaded the garden. Bacteria invaded and caused an infection.
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The phenomenon of closing your eyes and seeing endless falling Tetris shapes or feeling like the gameplay has invaded your dreams (or sometimes nightmares) has been explored to some extent in scientific study. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Tetris Effect review: The puzzle game of my dreams—literally," 9 Nov. 2018 High temperatures can alter how alcohol impacts your body Jacob Laxen Dangerously hot weather has invaded southern and central Wisconsin, where an excessive heat warning is posted through much of the weekend. Joe Taschler And James B. Nelson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Dangerous heat arrives in Wisconsin; heat index tops 106 in Milwaukee, 114 in LaCrosse," 29 June 2018 Yes, a swarm of stinging sea lice have invaded the shores around Pensacola Beach, leading authorities to post purple flags to warn about the irritating underwater creatures. Matthew Diebel, USA TODAY, "Ee-ew! Authorities warn as sea lice invade beaches in Pensacola, northwest Florida," 27 June 2018 The plant has also invaded several other states, including New York, Pennsylvania, Maine, Oregon, and Washington, according to research from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Elise Takahama, BostonGlobe.com, "This pretty plant is dangerous — and it’s growing in more than a dozen Mass. communities," 21 June 2018 Meanwhile, mold has invaded homes, especially the tens of thousands that still don’t have a proper roof. NBC News, "Puerto Rico faces a spike in asthma cases following Hurricane Maria," 18 June 2018 While dry ice is more expensive than smoke bombs, this solution is the best one for rat habitats that have invaded shelters, Bills said. Caroline Blackmon, Detroit Free Press, "5 ways to rid your home and yard of rats without using poison," 1 June 2018 But in a media industry being invaded by Silicon Valley behemoths, nostalgia can also be a burden. Sarah Ellison, The Seattle Times, "Younger Murdoch take the reins. How will he deal with Trump?," 25 Mar. 2019 First up is Us, Jordan Peele’s highly anticipated, extremely mysterious follow-up to Get Out, a psychological horror film about a family whose home is invaded by doppelgängers. Carina Chocano, Vogue, "Elisabeth Moss on Jordan Peele’s Us, Handmaid’s New Season, and Why She Loves Real Housewives," 14 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of invade

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for invade

Middle English, from Latin invadere, from in- + vadere to go — more at wade

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invade

verb

English Language Learners Definition of invade

: to enter (a place, such as a foreign country) in order to take control by military force
: to enter (a place) in large numbers
: to enter or be in (a place where you are not wanted)

invade

verb
in·​vade | \ in-ˈvād How to pronounce invade (audio) \
invaded; invading

Kids Definition of invade

1 : to enter by force to conquer or plunder
2 : to show lack of respect for She invaded their privacy.

Other Words from invade

invader noun
in·​vade | \ in-ˈvād How to pronounce invade (audio) \
invaded; invading

Medical Definition of invade

1 : to enter and spread within either normally (as in development) or abnormally (as in infection) often with harmful effects protect the body from invading viruses branches of a nerve invade the skin area
2 : to affect injuriously and progressively gangrene invades healthy tissue

Other Words from invade

invader \ -​ˈvād-​ər How to pronounce invader (audio) \ noun

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in·​vade
invaded; invading

Legal Definition of invade

1 : to encroach upon : infringe invading a constitutional right
2 : to make payments out of (a fund from which payments are not ordinarily made) authorized the trustee to invade the principal for educational expenses

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