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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for intrude
Historical Examples
  • What right have you to intrude in what is none of your business?

    Fritz to the Front Edward L. Wheeler
  • I shall be often away—in London or else where—and will not intrude too much on you.

    Night and Morning, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • For some moments the younger man made no attempt to intrude further.

    The Man in the Twilight Ridgwell Cullum
  • As if sentiment of that sort could be allowed to intrude on business.

    People of Position Stanley Portal Hyatt
  • Once he passed near the hut, but he did not intrude, and she remained within.

    Polaris of the Snows Charles B. Stilson
  • Jerry tried to frown away the thought; she did not want it to intrude upon her joy.

    Highacres Jane Abbott
  • She will thank you to-morrow, and I dont want to intrude on you.

    The Dust of Conflict David Goodger (
  • It will intrude itself into all your waking thoughts, and trouble you in your dreams.

    The Teacher Jacob Abbott
  • The greatest precautions were observed that no unprivileged person should intrude.

  • A child should not be allowed to intrude into a drive, a walk, a call, or a conversation.

    The Etiquette of To-day Edith B. Ordway
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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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