invasion

noun
in·va·sion | \ in-ˈvā-zhən \

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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According to census figures, there are 63 cities in Russia bigger than Saransk, but this utterly provincial town, nearly 400 miles southeast of Moscow, was the site of four matches, including invasions by fans of Peru and Colombia. Ivan Nechepurenko, New York Times, "Peeking Around Corners in the World Cup’s Provincial Cities," 14 July 2018 Rosales was sentenced to 17 years in prison in 2013 pleading guilty to home invasion and aggravated battery. Staff Report, Elgin Courier-News, "Elgin man gets 28 years for beating that left victims with broken teeth, permanent scars," 12 July 2018 There was reason to expect that this invasion would come at a high cost. Dorothy Rabinowitz, WSJ, "‘The Pacific War in Color: The Enemy Underground’ Review: War, Vividly Rendered," 12 July 2018 Sharing strangers’ likenesses online is a huge invasion of privacy, not to mention the sheer quantity of details Blair included that, while seemingly innocuous, could be — and ultimately were — identifying attributes. Rosemary Donahue, Allure, "The Problem With "Plane Bae" and Using Strangers for Entertainment," 11 July 2018 And if any of those new plants happens to be an oak or Chinese pistachio, wrap its trunk with paper tree wrap to protect the thin bark from sunscald and invasion by borers. Neil Sperry, star-telegram, "Here’s your gardening to-do list for the second part of the summer," 11 July 2018 An Orange County resident with HIV is suing health insurer Aetna, claiming negligence and invasion of privacy. Naseem S. Miller, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Person with HIV sues Aetna in Orange County," 11 July 2018 Here are a few examples: Scooter McCray The former Louisville basketball assistant coach sued the NCAA in 1999 for defamation and invasion of privacy. Danielle Lerner, The Courier-Journal, "Three reasons Louisville players are unlikely to win lawsuit vs. NCAA," 11 July 2018 One female was treated and released from the hospital, while another sustained a minor injury during a targeted invasion early Tuesday, Milton police said in a release responding to requests by The Associated Press. CBS News, "Woman assaulted at home of Buffalo Bills player LeSean McCoy, police say," 10 July 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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Phrases Related to invasion

invasion of (someone's) privacy

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More Definitions for invasion

invasion

noun
in·va·sion | \ in-ˈvā-zhən \

Kids Definition of invasion

: an act of invading

invasion

noun
in·va·sion | \ in-ˈvā-zhən \

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

invasion

noun
in·va·sion | \ in-ˈvā-zhən \

Legal Definition of invasion 

: the act of or an instance of invading

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