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

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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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Recent Examples on the Web What made the exit possible is America's February 2020 deal with the Afghan Taliban in which the group promised to cut the ties with al Qaeda that caused the US to invade Afghanistan following the 9/11 attacks. Nic Robertson And Saleem Mehsud, CNN, "Al Qaeda promises 'war on all fronts' against America as Biden pulls out of Afghanistan," 30 Apr. 2021 Three decades after using neighboring Uganda as a base to invade Rwanda, Kagame and his allies continue to treat scholarly and journalistic debate about the origins of the genocide as a mortal threat. Washington Post, "He’s been hailed as Rwanda’s hero. But is he really his country’s villain?," 30 Apr. 2021 Some Ukrainian officials saw the news as a sign that Moscow’s main goal was to intimidate Kyiv and pressure the West rather than to invade. Georgi Kantchev, WSJ, "Russia Orders Some Troops to Withdraw From Ukraine Border," 22 Apr. 2021 Those are the proteins that attach to human cells, allowing the virus to invade. David Heath, USA Today, "In the race to stay ahead of COVID-19 variants, the US lags globally," 7 Apr. 2021 There is evidence that the virus may have found a way to overcome the protective barrier around the brain to invade the central nervous system directly, perhaps even via the pathways provided by the olfactory system. New York Times, "What Can Covid-19 Teach Us About the Mysteries of Smell?," 28 Jan. 2021 In recent weeks, a surge of cease-fire violations in the region, along with Russian troop movements at the border, has made U.S. and European officials worry that Russia might invade Ukrainian territory. David Lauter, Los Angeles Times, "Biden warns Putin against Ukraine aggression, invites him to a summit meeting," 13 Apr. 2021 The beat from Jahlil Beats is insane, while Bobby Shmurda drops the kind of lines that invade your brain for weeks. Troy L. Smith, cleveland, "200 greatest hip-hop songs of all time," 13 Apr. 2021 This isn’t so much a cheeseburger as a double-decker Trojan Horse: The burger gets invited in, only for the farm-fresh salads and seasonal lemonades to invade your taste buds. Michael Russell, oregonlive, "Portland’s 14 best smash burgers, reviewed and ranked," 30 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of invade

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for invade

borrowed from Latin invādere "to enter with hostile intent, assault, attack," from in- in- entry 2 + vādere "to advance, go (quickly or purposefully)" — more at wade entry 1

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The first known use of invade was in the 15th century

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“Invade.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/invade. Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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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 invade (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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