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[uh b-trood] /əbˈtrud/
verb (used with object), obtruded, obtruding.
to thrust (something) forward or upon a person, especially without warrant or invitation:
to obtrude one's opinions upon others.
to thrust forth; push out.
verb (used without object), obtruded, obtruding.
to thrust forward, especially unduly; intrude.
Origin of obtrude
1545-55; < Latin obtrūdere to thrust against, equivalent to ob- ob- + trūdere to thrust
Related forms
obtruder, noun
preobtrude, verb (used with object), preobtruded, preobtruding.
unobtruded, adjective
unobtruding, adjective
1. impose, force. 3. shove, push. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for obtrude
  • He should remember not to obtrude on the privacy of the members he does not know.
  • Whatever pain he suffered, he bore it in silence, and seemed only anxious not to obtrude his malady.
  • Clearing shall also include the removal and disposal of structures that obtrude, encroach upon, or otherwise obstruct the work.
  • Belcher should have been allowed to obtrude on the public this clumsy narrative of his own proceedings.
British Dictionary definitions for obtrude


to push (oneself, one's opinions, etc) on others in an unwelcome way
(transitive) to push out or forward
Derived Forms
obtruder, noun
obtrusion (əbˈtruːʒən) noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin obtrūdere, from ob- against + trūdere to push forward
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Word Origin and History for obtrude

1550s, from Latin obtrudere "to thrust into, press upon," from ob "toward" (see ob-) + trudere "to thrust" (see extrusion). Related: Obtruded; obtruding.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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