American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To put or force in inappropriately, especially without invitation, fitness, or permission: intruded opinion into a factual report.
- v. Geology To thrust (molten rock) into preexisting rock.
- v. To come in rudely or inappropriately; enter as an improper or unwanted element: "Unpleasant realities have intruded on [his] presidential dreams” ( Alexander Stille).
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To thrust in; bring in forcibly.
- To thrust or bring in without necessity or right; bring forward unwarrantably or inappropriately: often used reflexively.
- To push or crowd in; thrust into some unusual, improper, or abnormal place or position: as, intruded rocks or dikes in a geological formation. In entomology an intruded part or organ is one that is nearly concealed in a hollow of the supporting parts, only the apex being visible.
- To enter forcibly; invade.
- To come or appear as if thrust in; enter without necessity or warrant; especially, to come in unbidden and unwelcomely: as, to intrude upon a private circle; to intrude where one is not wanted.
- Synonyms Encroach upon, Infringe upon, etc. See trespass, v. i. Intrude, Obtrude. The essential difference between these words lies in the prepositions: intrude, to thrust one's self into places, invading privacy or private rights; obtrude, to thrust one's self out beyond modesty or the limits proper to ourselves, and offensively against the attention, etc., of others.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To thrust one's self in; to come or go in without invitation, permission, or welcome; to encroach; to trespass
- v. To thrust or force (something) in or upon; especially, to force (one's self) in without leave or welcome
- v. obsolete To enter by force; to invade.
- v. (Geol.) The cause to enter or force a way, as into the crevices of rocks.
- v. search or inquire in a meddlesome way
- v. enter uninvited
- v. enter unlawfully on someone's property
- v. thrust oneself in as if by force
- Middle English intruden, from Latin intrūdere, intrūs-, to thrust in : in-, in; see in-2 + trūdere, to thrust; see treud- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Sorry to intrude from the other side of the world.”
“Do not think, dear Mr.. Martin, that you or Mr. Martin can ever 'intrude' -- you know you use that word in your letter.”
“Justin Bieber 's name intrude on your Twitter stream ever again.”
“I think there is a degree of trust that anyone must have with you when you 'intrude' into their life with a lens.”
“But isn't it maddening to see, only days later, the first stubborn weeds "intrude" on the order you created?”
“I spent many years building up walls, creating my own very private life, getting upset at anyone who tried to 'intrude' on my world and only letting a few chosen people in only those who wouldn't disrupt my routine or interfere with my privacy.”
“Number two, you had the Georgia situation intrude which is perfect for McCain.”
“I don't really know why we Americans always say "intrude" instead of "obtrude," but I note that although both words contain the word "rude," "obtrude" sounds more rude.”
“Then those who "intrude" (thrust, that is) themselves into the fold, who by natural insolence of heart, and stout eloquence of tongue, and fearlessly perseverant self-assertion, obtain hearing and authority with the common crowd.”
“O'Reilly's concern for the privacy of his viewers is odd when viewed in light of the fact that he dispatches producers to "intrude" on the lives of private citizens on a regular basis.”
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