[ in-trood ]
/ ɪnˈtrud /

verb (used with object), in·trud·ed, in·trud·ing.

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.

verb (used without object), in·trud·ed, in·trud·ing.

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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British Dictionary definitions for intruder (1 of 2)


/ (ɪnˈtruːdə) /


a person who enters a building, grounds, etc, without permission

British Dictionary definitions for intruder (2 of 2)


/ (ɪnˈtruːd) /


(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

Derived Forms

intrudingly, adverb

Word Origin for intrude

C16: from Latin intrūdere to thrust in, from in- ² + trūdere to thrust
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