intrude

verb
in·​trude | \ in-ˈtrüd How to pronounce intrude (audio) \
intruded; intruding

Definition of intrude

intransitive verb

1 : to thrust oneself in without invitation, permission, or welcome
2 : to enter as a geologic intrusion

transitive verb

1 : to thrust or force in or upon someone or something especially without permission, welcome, or fitness intruded himself into their lives
2 : to cause to enter as if by force

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Other Words from intrude

intruder noun

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Examples of intrude in a Sentence

Excuse me, sir. I don't mean to intrude, but you have a phone call. Would I be intruding if I came along with you? The plane intruded into their airspace. Reporters constantly intruded into the couple's private life. He didn't want to intrude upon their conversation.
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Recent Examples on the Web Aren't Republicans like Abbott in the party that holds, as one of their core beliefs, that government should not intrude in individuals' lives? Chris Cillizza, CNN, 12 Oct. 2021 But if a court decides there is no reasonable expectation of privacy, government agents are free to monitor and intrude, unbound by the Fourth Amendment. Nick Sibilla, Forbes, 8 Oct. 2021 The rear seats flip up to reveal storage, though the hybrid’s batteries intrude on that space, as well an inch of rear legroom, which wasn’t plentiful in the first place. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, 5 Oct. 2021 Ebert plays two white characters, the only people who intrude on Moses and Kitch’s world. Vinson Cunningham, The New Yorker, 13 Sep. 2021 Democrats this time intend to pass the legislation and have spent months negotiating with the White House over elements that administration officials were concerned would intrude on traditional executive branch prerogatives. BostonGlobe.com, 21 Sep. 2021 Reducing by too much the amount of fresh water that flows through the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta — the estuary that carries snow runoff from the Sierra Nevada — permits salt water to intrude from San Francisco Bay. Dustin Gardiner, San Francisco Chronicle, 31 Aug. 2021 The sutures where the World Trade Center meets the rest of New York may eventually fade, and life in all its messiness may intrude. Justin Davidson, Curbed, 31 Aug. 2021 Reality will intrude regardless, in more ways than one. James Poniewozik, New York Times, 23 July 2021

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First Known Use of intrude

15th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for intrude

Middle English, from Latin intrudere to thrust in, from in- + trudere to thrust — more at threat

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The first known use of intrude was in the 15th century

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25 Oct 2021

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“Intrude.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/intrude. Accessed 27 Oct. 2021.

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intrude

verb

English Language Learners Definition of intrude

: to come or go into a place where you are not wanted or welcome
: to become involved with something private in an annoying way

intrude

verb
in·​trude | \ in-ˈtrüd How to pronounce intrude (audio) \
intruded; intruding

Kids Definition of intrude

1 : to force in, into, or on especially where not right or proper She intruded into our conversation.
2 : to come or go in without an invitation or right

Other Words from intrude

intruder noun

intrude

verb
in·​trude | \ in-ˈtrüd How to pronounce intrude (audio) \
intruded; intruding

Legal Definition of intrude

intransitive verb

1 : to enter by intrusion
2 : encroach a search that intrudes on a person's privacy

transitive verb

: to encroach on or upon without permission or right

Other Words from intrude

intruder noun

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