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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Doodson had been working since 1942 to determine the ideal time for a landing, while Allied planners also consulted with meteorologists in the days and even hours leading up to invasion to make a determination on the weather conditions. Fox News, "How D-Day technology made Operation Overlord a success," 7 June 2019 But on a day that felt like a flashback, with spectators dressed in 1940s clothing and listening to music of that era, Orser helped create a Central Oregon connection to the famous invasion. oregonlive.com, "Oregon smokejumper takes part in D-Day re-creation, wearing survivor’s patches," 6 June 2019 Diane Covington-Carter has a direct connection to the invasion of Normandy. Catharine Hamm, latimes.com, "Escapes: On D-day, we remember the man who bore the weight of the world," 6 June 2019 Between now and January 6, 2020, visitors to the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum will get an inside look at the friendship and collaboration between FDR and Winston Churchill that led to a successful D-Day invasion. Jennifer Billock, Smithsonian, "Eleven Museums and Memorials Honoring the 75th Anniversary of D-Day," 4 June 2019 The remains of a Mulberry harbor — a kind of temporary, portable harbor that was so vital to the Allied invasion — are clearly visible from nearby cliffs, covered with daisies and purple clover. NBC News, "As the world marks D-Day 75 years on, post-war alliance is in doubt," 4 June 2019 The officers’ union, the Police Benevolent Association, had argued that making the videos public could lead to an invasion of privacy and threats to the safety of police officers. Michael R. Sisak, The Seattle Times, "NY court: Public allowed to see police body camera footage," 19 Feb. 2019 The Kairyus were meant to sink the Allied ships that would have been instrumental to an invasion. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "In the Last Days of World War II, Japan Fielded a Fleet of Kamikaze Mini-Subs," 11 Feb. 2019 The Milton County police department put out a statement saying that emergency personnel responded to a home invasion and found two female victims. Michael Mccann, SI.com, "Potential Legal Ramifications of the Disturbing Accusations Against LeSean McCoy," 11 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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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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