from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To enter by force in order to conquer or pillage.
- transitive v. To encroach or intrude on; violate: "The principal of the trusts could not be invaded without trustee approval” ( Barbara Goldsmith).
- transitive v. To overrun as if by invading; infest: "About 1917 the shipworm invaded the harbor of San Francisco” ( Rachel Carson).
- transitive v. To enter and permeate, especially harmfully.
- intransitive v. To make an invasion: "The X-rays showed that the cancer, which had invaded deeply into the chest cavity, was retreating” ( Zach Rosen).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To move into.
- v. To enter by force in order to conquer.
- v. To infest or overrun.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To go into or upon; to pass within the confines of; to enter; -- used of forcible or rude ingress.
- transitive v. To enter with hostile intentions; to enter with a view to conquest or plunder; to make an irruption into; to attack.
- transitive v. To attack; to infringe; to encroach on; to violate.
- transitive v. To grow or spread over; to affect injuriously and progressively.
- intransitive v. To make an invasion.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- . To go into or upon; enter.
- To enter or penetrate into as an enemy; go or pass into or over with hostile intent, as in a military incursion.
- Hence To come into or upon as if by a hostile incursion; make an attack upon.
- To intrude upon; infringe; encroach on; violate: as, to invade the privacy of a family.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. penetrate or assault, in a harmful or injurious way
- v. to intrude upon, infringe, encroach on, violate
- v. march aggressively into another's territory by military force for the purposes of conquest and occupation
- v. occupy in large numbers or live on a host
Middle English, from Old French invader, from Latin invādere : in-, in; see in-2 + vādere, to go.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin invādō, invādere ("enter, invade"). (Wiktionary)