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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.
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 intruding
  • In general, it is them and people who build their homes way up into wild territory that are intruding into wildlife.
  • Even kids can't play a sport for fun without parents intruding and causing brawls all over little league sports.
  • The government is already intruding on your choices and shaping the marketplace.
  • The two spheres of science and theology should complement each other without intruding unnaturally.
  • My compartment was a cramped two-berth closet with an intruding ladder.
  • Maybe everyone else felt as if they were sharing in my sister and new brother-in-law's happiness and not somehow intruding on it.
  • Preventing intruding people's private lives might be a next mission for them.
  • Second, the government cannot enforce a ban on gambling without intruding on the privacy and civil liberties of its citizens.
  • But that its effects keep intruding into our daily lives is undeniable.
  • And of course there are grave concerns about intruding in science and academic freedom.
British Dictionary definitions for intruding


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 intruding



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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