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

Choose the Right Synonym for invade

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 The ghost, named Pipes, later uses the TV airwaves to invade the homes of BBC viewers watching the broadcast. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Theater Notebook: Bodhi Tree revisits ‘Mad King’ on eve of presidential election," 26 Oct. 2020 For clues to an explanation, Rubin and his colleagues looked to ACE2, the protein receptor that SARS-CoV-2 uses to invade human cells. Megan Molteni, Wired, "A Global Data Effort Probes Whether Covid Causes Diabetes," 7 Oct. 2020 Witches exist on the margins, in the shadows, ever threatening to invade and disrupt the sanctity of the social order. Jeanna Kadlec, Longreads, "Deconstructing Disney: Motherhood and the Taming of Maleficent," 8 Oct. 2020 As impeachment was heating up in the U.S. in October, the Trump administration was ordering the withdrawal of troops from northern Syria, effectively clearing the way for Turkish troops to invade areas controlled by Kurdish forces. Jeanine Santucci, USA TODAY, "It’s been one year since the Trump impeachment began. These are the major moments of his presidency since," 25 Sep. 2020 The Japanese military, with the support of the I.N.A., launched Operation U-Go, a campaign to invade northeast India from Burma and smash a buildup of Allied forces in the area. Maria Abi-habib, New York Times, "The Forgotten Colonial Forces of World War II," 1 Sep. 2020 Even the rough outline of the time period seems to match with a vague awareness that, yes, the Mongol Empire under Kublai Khan did attempt to invade Japan around that time. Reid Mccarter, Washington Post, "Like ‘Ghost of Tsushima’? Here’s what you may not know about samurai.," 14 Aug. 2020 Manetho’s history of the Hyksos may have acted as propaganda that supported Egypt’s plan to invade the Levant under the expansionist New Kingdom. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "New Research Reveals Surprising Origins of Egypt’s Hyksos Dynasty," 17 July 2020 Upon Kim's first request to invade in March 1949, Stalin was wary and did not want to be pulled into a conflict with the United States, which still had occupation troops in South Korea. Brad Lendon, CNN, "The US Army once ruled Pyongyang and 5 other things you might not know about the Korean War," 24 June 2020

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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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30 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Invade.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/invade. Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for invade

invade

verb
How to pronounce invade (audio)

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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