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 declaration would serve as a tacit promise that America won’t invade North Korea and would give Kim the political cover to end his nuclear program. Alex Ward, Vox, "A North Korea nuclear deal looks more likely to happen now. Here’s why.," 6 Sep. 2018 The game at the London Stadium descended into chaos as fans invaded the pitch after Burnley's first goal. SI.com, "West Ham Charged Over Fan Behaviour & Pitch Invasions During Burnley Defeat in March," 27 June 2018 Rain from the system will slowly invade the mid-Atlantic and Northeast through the weekend, with Monday, Memorial Day, looking to be the wettest day, AccuWeather said. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "Tropical storm could drench Gulf Coast over Memorial Day weekend," 23 May 2018 Albany will invade McGuirk Stadium for a game in 2020. BostonGlobe.com, "Foxborough makes cut as possible World Cup host," 16 Mar. 2018 But Strømdal, a 6-foot-4 Viking of a man with a plaited beard, doesn't think Putin will invade Sweden. Alexander Smith, NBC News, "Sweden plans to build more bunkers amid fears of Russian aggression," 6 Mar. 2018 In Maui, the team discovered that after a bleaching, dangerous algae invade the coral in a very specific way that might be a target for a solution. Lara Sorokanich, Popular Mechanics, "The Underwater Microscope That Can Survive on the Ocean Floor," 12 Sep. 2016 However, the president failed to meet with any Iraqi officials while in the country — despite the fact that the US invaded the country in 2003 and has had a continuous troop presence there ever since. Alexia Underwood, Vox, "Trump’s secret trip to Iraq didn’t quite go as planned," 27 Dec. 2018 Syria then invaded Israel in 1967 and failed miserably, losing most of the Golan. Elliot Kaufman, WSJ, "Trump’s Golan Strategy," 27 Mar. 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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