invasion

noun
in·​va·​sion | \ in-ˈvā-zhən How to pronounce invasion (audio) \

Definition of invasion

1 : an act of invading especially : incursion of an army for conquest or plunder
2 : the incoming or spread of something usually hurtful

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Examples of invasion in a Sentence

The enemy launched an invasion. The people live under a constant threat of invasion. The town is gearing up for the annual tourist invasion. protecting the house from insect invasion
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Those charges were dropped in 2017, the same year California Attorney General Xavier Beccera charged Daleiden and Merritt with 14 counts each of invasion of privacy. Paul Elias, The Seattle Times, "California judge will keep Planned Parenthood names sealed," 11 Feb. 2019 There are people who think a database constitutes in invasion of privacy. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "How We Can Stop Mass Shootings in America," 20 Nov. 2018 In several meetings with aides and Latin American leaders last year, Trump also discussed the possibility of a U.S. invasion of the South American nation. Manuel Rueda, Fox News, "OAS chief threatens military force against Venezuela," 15 Sep. 2018 In the Franco-Dutch War of 1672, France started a back-door invasion of the Netherlands, quickly taking over several provinces. Jon Sindreu, WSJ, "Air France-KLM: The Franco-Dutch War of 2019," 27 Feb. 2019 Visitors, workers and downtown residents are embracing what amounts to a scooter invasion, as public officials scramble to catch up with the latest disruptive technology to hit the streets since drones. Megan Henry, Indianapolis Star, "Hundreds of electric scooters invade downtown Indianapolis; some rejoice, others scratch their heads," 1 July 2018 President Barack Obama also issued national emergencies in response to African conflicts like Somali piracy, as well as taking on Chinese cybersecurity threats and Russia after the invasion of Crimea in Ukraine. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "Donald Trump Is Threatening to Declare a National Emergency to Get Border Wall Funding. Here's Why He Shouldn’t.," 11 Jan. 2019 Days after the Allied invasion of Normandy in June 1944, Prince Michel was part of a three-man sabotage team tasked with preventing 23,000 German troops from getting to Normandy, the Washington Post notes. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "Prince Philip’s Cousin Was a Paratrooper Who Helped Liberate France From the Nazis," 20 Aug. 2018 Goalkeeper Frank Borghi was a field medic and landed on the Normandy beaches the day after the initial U.S. invasion on June 6, 1944. Mac Engel, star-telegram, "Soccer star's death recalls biggest U.S. win in World Cup history," 18 June 2018

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First Known Use of invasion

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for invasion

Middle English invasioune, from Anglo-French invasion, from Late Latin invasion-, invasio, from Latin invadere to invade

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invasion

noun

English Language Learners Definition of invasion

: the act of entering a place in an attempt to take control of it
: the act of entering a place in large numbers especially in a way that is harmful or unwanted

invasion

noun
in·​va·​sion | \ in-ˈvā-zhən How to pronounce invasion (audio) \

Kids Definition of invasion

: an act of invading

invasion

noun
in·​va·​sion | \ in-ˈvā-zhən How to pronounce invasion (audio) \

Medical Definition of invasion

: the act of invading: as
a : the penetration of the body of a host by a microorganism
b : the spread and multiplication of a pathogenic microorganism or of malignant cells in the body of a host

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invasion

noun
in·​va·​sion | \ in-ˈvā-zhən How to pronounce invasion (audio) \

Legal Definition of invasion

: the act of or an instance of invading

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