Meaning of intrude in English:


Pronunciation /ɪnˈtruːd/

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  • 1no object Put oneself deliberately into a place or situation where one is unwelcome or uninvited.

    ‘he had no right to intrude into their lives’
    • ‘she felt awkward at intruding on private grief’
    • ‘The documentary-style of the movie also lends it a necessarily gritty look, so that viewers almost feel as though they are intruding on a real life situation.’
    • ‘And if it doesn't give you a feeling of empathy and some sense of guilt about intruding on the suffering of others, why are you not ashamed of your self-flattering belief that you are an artist?’
    • ‘Hope we are not intruding on your Super wife as we are writing this letter as a Super joke really, but we would love you to write to us.’
    • ‘Right now the world keeps intruding on that and I don't feel that I have the power (read: money) to do what I need to do to reach that state again.’
    • ‘Until this year a large area was kept cut short for people to enjoy their right to do everything from kick balls around to sunbathe without conflict or intruding on each other's privacy and maintaining a feeling of security.’
    • ‘More importantly though I envisioned protesters and police intruding on the habitat of wildlife in the area, driving away whatever critters lived there normally.’
    • ‘And I really must apologize to Devon for intruding on her evening… although, it did make for some interesting explanations later on.’
    • ‘It was not an unpleasant encounter in terms of the interpersonal interaction, but it was uncomfortable for the researcher in me, because it felt like I was intruding on her space.’
    • ‘And I feel like I'm snooping, or that I am in some way looking in on something which I have no right to be, intruding on someone's privacy.’
    • ‘My old claim that it feels like I'm intruding on the lives of people - by asking them what the best and worst things about mobiles phones are, in this case - still holds true.’
    • ‘Some have felt they're intruding on my private life, and refuse to accept the fact that if I was worried about my private life, I wouldn't be writing about it!’
    • ‘Clients here feel I am intruding on their integrity.’
    • ‘But, it also should be aimed at Americans who don't like the idea of the government intruding on their private lives.’
    • ‘Remember that good cell phone etiquette is all about providing the user with convenience and security, without intruding on those around you.’
    • ‘There is some unspoken protocol against intruding on a stranger's grief, but I could not help myself from gently tapping on her shoulder and asking if she was okay.’
    • ‘When I first started this job, I did run into one person who made me feel as though I was intruding on her leisurely day of work.’
    • ‘I felt as though I was intruding on private suffering.’
    • ‘I was still holding my notebook, and my cameras were slung over my shoulders; I was a journalist intruding on a moment of private tragedy.’
    • ‘Posting camper pictures is a great way to reassure parents without intruding on the camper's experience.’
    • ‘I felt strongly that I was intruding on her resumed life.’
    1. 1.1Enter with disruptive or adverse effect.
      ‘the noise began to intrude into her thoughts’
      • ‘There are some wood panels, which may not be to everyone's taste, but overall the use of plastics leathers and metals is subtle enough not to intrude on the general effect of an elegant ambiance.’
      • ‘They did not want the real effects of the war to intrude on the reality-TV version being broadcast to the public.’
      • ‘Here balances tend to be off kilter in a few places: listen, for example, to the brawny horn intrude on the lovely alternate theme in the first movement.’
      • ‘He remembers his African upbringing fondly, at least up until civil disturbances began to intrude on his world.’
      • ‘It will be totally out of character with the neighbouring housing, will intrude on the privacy of neighbouring residents, and would impinge substantially on their visual amenity.’
      • ‘Isn't actual reality starting to intrude on minds that have effectively blocked it for the past couple years?’
      • ‘I have to cover the constitution today, so I don't know how much I'll be able to update this, but I imagine the politics of the street will intrude on the politics of the constitution today.’
      • ‘But the case prompted a wave of protests by students and faculty, who argued that the arrangement gave the FBI the ability to intrude on the privacy rights of foreign nationals.’
      • ‘While the fact their child is a resident also means that, aside from helping their children out financially, they can also check up on their children's welfare without appearing to intrude on their new-found freedom.’
      • ‘Yet the thick supports between panes, though architecturally interesting (in a whale-bone ribcage kind of way) intrude on the view.’
      • ‘The last thing fans want is the already too long, too boring election campaign to intrude on their enjoyment of some very interesting contests.’
      • ‘Planning officers say in their report the mast would intrude on the landscape, because of its raised position above the Kendal bypass, and its closeness to Grade ll-listed High Helsfell Farm.’
      • ‘But some residents are concerned that another course will accelerate St Andrews' conversion into a golfing ‘theme park’ and intrude on green belt land.’
      • ‘Even the identifying ‘watermark’ that programmes sometimes have in the corner of the screen is not there - so as not to intrude on the programme.’
      • ‘For now, he is concerned by Edinburgh council's plans to build a glass cage over the Waverley Steps entrance to the railway station, which he says will intrude on the side elevation of the Balmoral.’
      • ‘And it cannot cross the line into attempts to intrude on the court's authority and punish judges for making decisions one doesn't like.’
      • ‘And there are also concerns some of the Government's proposed changes will intrude on the independence of Australian universities.’
      • ‘Beauty will not intrude on proceedings when the bell sounds on Saturday for a bout between two fighters, one explosively combative, the other composed and skillful.’
      • ‘Nature is menacingly intruding on civilisation.’
      encroach, impinge, trespass, infringe, obtrude, thrust oneself in
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    2. 1.2with object Introduce (something) into a situation with disruptive or adverse effect.
      ‘to intrude political criteria into military decisions risks reducing efficiency’
      • ‘I would not wittingly have intruded my poor presence upon such a gallant company.’
      • ‘Somehow Hamilton intruded torso between shot and net and the ball spun past.’
      • ‘Any attempt by the Labour mafia to intrude a political crony or some ‘socially inclusive’ candidate into the specialist, highly sophisticated milieu of the National Galleries would be an outrage.’
      • ‘It's even stranger when you consider the great cry for separation of Church and State whenever anyone wants to intrude the merest sniff of religion into politics.’
      • ‘I saw no reason to intrude the real world on his Saturday.’
      • ‘I think he would regard it as a kind of emotional cheating or play-acting - consciously to intrude the personality into the work.’
      • ‘What right have these thoughtless people to intrude their noise on the whole neighbourhood?’
      • ‘As they are very powerful elementals, among the few actually considered deities, certain laws prevent them from intruding their full powers into this world.’
      • ‘Otherwise, the director intrudes little ideology into his version of the Gospel; it is perhaps the purest on film.’
      • ‘Miller wisely intrudes her own voice as little as possible in the book.’
      • ‘We simply cannot force God to come before people; people need to intrude themselves before God.’
      • ‘Alex Mathie claimed the two goals, in both cases intruding himself beyond the defence, collecting excellent long balls, one on his right foot and the other on his head, both nicked home in front of the arriving goalkeeper.’
      • ‘Women would feel outraged that the government was intruding its will into the interior of their bodies.’
      • ‘These questions kept intruding themselves into my few unfilled moments and challenging me to face my restless self.’
      • ‘Men of low status were not always intimidated by such judgments and even colonial women occasionally acted as a group to intrude their own moral sensibilities onto the public stage.’
      • ‘With the governor's decree, and the state of Florida's law, this is a clear case between how far the state can go to intrude itself in your life.’
      force, push, introduce, obtrude, impose, thrust
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  • 2Geology
    with object (of igneous rock) be forced or thrust into (an existing formation)

    ‘the granite may have intruded these rock layers’
    • ‘Clastic dykes do not exclusively intrude sediments; they also intrude granitic rock and mafic sills and are associated with lava flows in volcanic environments.’
    • ‘Numerous undated granitic and dioritic plutons intrude the Palaeozoic rocks and form large areas of Karlik Tagh and Barkol Tagh.’
    • ‘They intrude Upper Carboniferous host rocks (Westphalian B-C), but do not penetrate the Permian units.’
    • ‘A swarm of mafic igneous dikes have intruded the Estes pegmatite and make a showy display in the quarry face.’
    • ‘This trend continues until in the Odiel River the mafic sills intrude the red mudrock-felsic volcaniclastic facies association.’
    1. 2.1Force or thrust (igneous rock) into an existing formation.
      ‘Upper Jurassic Fossil Bluff Group rocks are intruded by coeval, minor alkaline basaltic rocks.’
      • ‘During the middle to late Tertiary Period, dikes, sills, and small irregular bodies of mafic to silicic igneous material were intruded into the bedded sedimentary and volcanic rocks.’
      • ‘Nielsen, however, found no evidence for major faults and suggested that the igneous rocks had been intruded into and extruded onto the sedimentary units contemporaneously with basin development.’
      • ‘A range of Caledonian magmatic rocks has been intruded into the Moine metasediments, including lamprophyres, appinites, syenites and granites.’
      • ‘The classic mode of skarn formation involves high-temperature contact metamorphism wherein a silicate magma is intruded into a carbonate-rich sedimentary rock such as a limestone.’


Mid 16th century (in the sense ‘usurp an office or right’; originally as entrude): from Latin intrudere, from in- ‘into’ + trudere ‘to thrust’.