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verb (used with object), in·trud·ed, in·trud·ing.
  1. to thrust or bring in without invitation, permission, or welcome.
  2. Geology. to thrust or force into.
  3. to install (a cleric) in a church contrary to the wishes of its members.
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verb (used without object), in·trud·ed, in·trud·ing.
  1. to thrust oneself without permission or welcome: to intrude upon their privacy.
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Origin of intrude

1525–35; < Latin intrūdere to push in, equivalent to in- in-2 + trūdere to push
Related formsin·trud·er, nounin·trud·ing·ly, adverbself-in·trud·er, nounun·in·trud·ed, adjectiveun·in·trud·ing, adjectiveun·in·trud·ing·ly, adverb

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Historical Examples of intrude

  • I shall be often away—in London or else where—and will not intrude too much on you.

    Night and Morning, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • It did not intrude on us, nor were we permitted to intrude on it.

    The Forest

    Stewart Edward White

  • Even in society, the venom of party was suffered to intrude.

  • As if sentiment of that sort could be allowed to intrude on business.

    People of Position

    Stanley Portal Hyatt

  • Believe me, I am the last person in the world to intrude where I am not welcome.

British Dictionary definitions for intrude


  1. (often foll by into, on, or upon) to put forward or interpose (oneself, one's views, something) abruptly or without invitation
  2. geology to force or thrust (rock material, esp molten magma) or (of rock material) to be thrust between solid rocks
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Derived Formsintrudingly, adverb

Word Origin for intrude

C16: from Latin intrūdere to thrust in, from in- ² + trūdere to thrust
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Word Origin and History for intrude


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

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