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[in-trood] /ɪnˈtrud/
verb (used with object), intruded, intruding.
to thrust or bring in without invitation, permission, or welcome.
Geology. to thrust or force into.
to install (a cleric) in a church contrary to the wishes of its members.
verb (used without object), intruded, intruding.
to thrust oneself without permission or welcome:
to intrude upon their privacy.
Origin of intrude
1525-35; < Latin intrūdere to push in, equivalent to in- in-2 + trūdere to push
Related forms
intruder, noun
intrudingly, adverb
self-intruder, noun
unintruded, adjective
unintruding, adjective
unintrudingly, adverb
4. interfere, interlope. See trespass. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for intrude
  • Politics, he said, should not intrude into university life.
  • Nails aren't pounded into trees, and guides create routes that scarcely intrude upon the soaring, bromeliad-clad forest.
  • The third, mysterious figure is an artist with words, which he uses to intrude into the couple's relationship.
  • It was sequestered, for six months, from those who would intrude.
  • There is a sense that there is no rush getting to know the books, and that no eager clerk is going to intrude.
  • It permits prejudice to intrude on logical conclusions.
  • Politics has begun to intrude into the firm's strategy, too.
  • Be sure that the sound won't intrude on neighbors' privacy.
  • They failed to compute how far this sort of fanciful nonsense required that they intrude their tongues into their cheeks.
  • Truth is, if you think intrusive measures are the way to go, you will have to intrude into everyone.
British Dictionary definitions for intrude


often foll by into, on, or upon. to put forward or interpose (oneself, one's views, something) abruptly or without invitation
(geology) to force or thrust (rock material, esp molten magma) or (of rock material) to be thrust between solid rocks
Derived Forms
intrudingly, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from Latin intrūdere to thrust in, from in-² + trūdere to thrust
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Word Origin and History for intrude

early 15c., back-formation from intrusion, or else from Latin intrudere "to thrust in" (see intrusion). Related: Intruded; intruding.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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