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[in-veyd] /ɪnˈveɪd/
verb (used with object), invaded, invading.
to enter forcefully as an enemy; go into with hostile intent:
Germany invaded Poland in 1939.
to enter like an enemy:
Locusts invaded the fields.
to enter as if to take possession:
to invade a neighbor's home.
to enter and affect injuriously or destructively, as disease:
viruses that invade the bloodstream.
to intrude upon:
to invade the privacy of a family.
to encroach or infringe upon:
to invade the rights of citizens.
to permeate:
The smell of baking invades the house.
to penetrate; spread into or over:
The population boom has caused city dwellers to invade the suburbs.
verb (used without object), invaded, invading.
to make an invasion:
troops awaiting the signal to invade.
Origin of invade
1485-95; < Latin invādere, equivalent to in- in-2 + vādere to go; see wade
Related forms
invadable, adjective
invader, noun
quasi-invaded, adjective
reinvade, verb (used with object), reinvaded, reinvading.
uninvadable, adjective
uninvaded, adjective
1, 2. penetrate, attack. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for invade
  • They are definitely aware when you can see them and are less likely to invade your space when they know they have been seen.
  • Voracious, venomous lionfish are the first exotic species to invade coral reefs.
  • If humans didn't make it so easy for them, invasive fire ants wouldn't invade.
  • After multiplying, the microbes break out of the cell and go on to invade other cells, repeating the process.
  • They eat natural bark and stems, and have been known to invade campgrounds and chew on canoe paddles.
  • In addition to becoming immortal, cancer cells invade the surrounding tissue, rendering it nonfunctional.
  • And morning light seems to invade the still night village.
  • Somebody should really invade that country and prevent that sort of thing.
  • Consider, though, what it means to invade that technological space.
  • Then the aliens come back with a bunch of their friends and invade, attacking five of the world's largest cities.
British Dictionary definitions for invade


to enter (a country, territory, etc) by military force
(transitive) to occupy in large numbers; overrun; infest
(transitive) to trespass or encroach upon (privacy, etc)
(transitive) to enter and spread throughout, esp harmfully; pervade
(of plants, esp weeds) to become established in (a place to which they are not native)
Derived Forms
invadable, adjective
invader, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Latin invādere, from vādere to go
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Word Origin and History for invade

late 15c., from Middle French invader "to invade," and directly from Latin invadere "to go into, enter upon; assail, assault, attack" (see invasion). Related: invaded; invading.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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