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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As what usually happens when the Legislature is attacked — a disgruntled trucker drove his big rig into the Capitol below the Senate in 2001, armed Black Panthers invaded the Assembly chamber in 1967 — security will be tightened. Los Angeles Times, "In defying Newsom, she tried to protect California from Trump — and showed how legislating should work," 16 Sep. 2019 The attack on Saudi oil fields over the weekend caused the biggest disruption of oil production since Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait in 1990. David Meyer, Fortune, "Changing Oil Landscapes: CEO Daily," 16 Sep. 2019 Lay says flies also invaded her property in Marshall County. USA TODAY, "Fugitive pig, proverb library, sodium warnings: News from around our 50 states," 16 Sep. 2019 The Taliban, for those who don't remember, hosted al-Qaeda and Osama bin Laden during and after the planning and execution of the attacks, and refused to extradite him when requested, which led to the US invading Afghanistan in 2001. Wired, "While You Were Offline: KFC Has a Colonel Sanders Dating Sim Now," 15 Sep. 2019 Attila the Hun never invaded Rome itself, and his empire fell apart around 469 A.D. Nonetheless, his people’s barbaric reputation has endured. Erin Blakemore, National Geographic, "Who were the ruthless warriors behind Attila the Hun?," 12 Sep. 2019 American forces invaded Afghanistan nearly 18 years ago, to hunt for Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda fighters weeks after the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Lara Jakes, New York Times, "Trump Declares Afghan Peace Talks With Taliban ‘Dead’," 9 Sep. 2019 The detainees, including 24 sailors captured in a naval clash last November, were part of a large-scale prisoner exchange between the two countries, who have been locked in military conflict since Russia invaded Crimea in 2014. The Economist, "Ukraine and Russia exchange prisoners in a modest step towards peace," 7 Sep. 2019 Cybercriminals are able to hack into one company’s system through another’s — when discount retailer Target had a data breach in 2013 hackers first invaded the system of a Target supplier. Joyce M. Rosenberg, Houston Chronicle, "Cybercriminals manipulate their way into company computers," 6 Sep. 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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