- to thrust or bring in without invitation, permission, or welcome.
- Geology. to thrust or force into.
- to install (a cleric) in a church contrary to the wishes of its members.
- to thrust oneself without permission or welcome: to intrude upon their privacy.
Origin of intrude
1525–35; < Latin intrūdere to push in, equivalent to in- in-2 + trūdere to push
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4. interfere, interlope. See trespass.
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Examples from the Web for intrude
I shall be often away—in London or else where—and will not intrude too much on you.Night and Morning, Complete
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.Beaux and Belles of England
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.
- (often foll by into, on, or upon) to put forward or interpose (oneself, one's views, something) abruptly or without invitation
- geology to force or thrust (rock material, esp molten magma) or (of rock material) to be thrust between solid rocks
C16: from Latin intrūdere to thrust in, from in- ² + trūdere to thrust
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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper