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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ He didn't want to intrude into your life.
▪ I have no right to intrude on their lives.
▪ Chaos intrudes into the lives of the characters in Grand Canyon.
▪ A sense that she had no right to intrude into their lives.
▪ I do not intend to intrude on your life, or impinge in any direct manner.
▪ She was lovely, and lovely women ought not to intrude into the lives of lonely men.
▪ Companies should not have the right to intrude into employees' personal lives by giving them psychological tests.
▪ I don't want to intrude, but are you all right?
▪ It's very important not to intrude on the family's grief, whilst still helping with the funeral arrangements.
▪ Sorry, I didn't mean to intrude. I didn't realize you were on the phone.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Intrude \In*trude"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Intruded; p. pr. & vb. n. Intruding.]

  1. To thrust or force (something) in or upon; especially, to force (one's self) in without leave or welcome; as, to intrude one's presence into a conference; to intrude one's opinions upon another.

  2. To enter by force; to invade. [Obs.]

    Why should the worm intrude the maiden bud?

  3. (Geol.) The cause to enter or force a way, as into the crevices of rocks.

    Syn: To obtrude; encroach; infringe; intrench; trespass. See Obtrude.


Intrude \In*trude"\, v. i. [L. intrudere, intrusum; pref. in- in + trudere to thrust, akin to E. threat. See Threat.] To thrust one's self in; to come or go in without invitation, permission, or welcome; to encroach; to trespass; as, to intrude on families at unseasonable hours; to intrude on the lands of another.

Thy wit wants edge And manners, to intrude where I am graced.

Some thoughts rise and intrude upon us, while we shun them; others fly from us, when we would hold them.
--I. Watts.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

early 15c., back-formation from intrusion, or else from Latin intrudere "to thrust in" (see intrusion). Related: Intruded; intruding.


vb. To thrust oneself in; to come or enter without invitation, permission, or welcome; to encroach; to trespass.

  1. v. enter uninvited; "They intruded on our dinner party"; "She irrupted into our sitting room" [syn: irrupt]

  2. enter unlawfully on someone's property; "Don't trespass on my land!" [syn: trespass]

  3. thrust oneself in as if by force; "The colors don't intrude on the viewer" [syn: obtrude]

Usage examples of "intrude".

Only the toasted richness of a Biedermeier tall case clock, the matte black of the wrought iron banister, and the golden flamboyance of a Louis XV giltwood mirror intruded upon the unrelenting whiteness.

Stacey and the civ security people keep spotting attempts to intrude on our systems or plant worms.

She would have sent them all away, every onehow dare they intrude on these last few weeks when there was so little time leftexcept that she could tell Damiana was renewed by the visits, made happy by the small attentions.

After pressing each other to their bosoms for a few moments in silence, Emily looked up, with a tear glistening in her eye, and first noticed the form of Denbigh, who was modestly withdrawing, as if unwilling to intrude on such pure and domestic feelings as the sisters were betraying, unconscious of the presence of a witness.

I did not like unhappy thoughts to intrude on that glorious Eastertide celebration, I tried my best not to dwell on it.

Except the sense of the mountains of the Finnmark around him intruding, seeping like a gas.

Then we talked about the garden for a while and Doc pointed to an overgrown hedge of krans aloe which he had originally used as a windbreak and which was now beginning to intrude into the garden.

To relieve her mind, in some degree, from the painful recollections, that intruded upon it, Emily busied herself in preparations for the journey into Languedoc, and, while Annette, who assisted her, spoke with joy and affection of the safe return of Ludovico, she was considering how she might best promote their happiness, and determined, if it appeared, that his affection was as unchanged as that of the simple and honest Annette, to give her a marriage portion, and settle them on some part of her estate.

It was an infernal annoyance that John Macnab should have been suffered to intrude on the sacred soil of Glenraden, but the man had played the boldest kind of hand, and he had certainly not tailored his beast.

Aware too that in all his time in Further Gaul, he had never been to Massilia nor intruded upon Massiliote affairs.

The instruments on their backs extended and swiveled sensors, peered and listened through the whole spectrum, did not intrude with radar or sonar but surveyed and triangulated, micrometrically precise, a cataract of data pouring into their recorders.

The Poncas still dance in Oklahoma and they say Deer Woman still intrudes.

If Rotherham is conscious of it, I can only say that I am astonished he should choose to intrude upon a matter which can only concern the family!

He must not intrude on Scuffs precious dignity, for the boy had little else.

Jossis was between Amram and Shua when the meal began, and Miriam did not have the heart to intrude.