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invade Syllabification: in·vade
Pronunciation: /inˈvād/

Definition of invade in English:


[with object]
1(Of an armed force or its commander) enter (a country or region) so as to subjugate or occupy it: it was all part of a grander French plan to invade Ireland [no object]: they would invade at dawn
More example sentences
  • I think that the greatest revelation of the Iraq war has been that we lack the military force to invade a smallish country with terrain that provides easy surveillance and movement.
  • I am just inquiring, what was the British tradition in relation to maintaining discipline of its forces when they were invading countries like India?
  • British armed forces invaded Mesopotamia, as Iraq was then known, in 1914 with promises of freedom - from the Turks.
occupy, conquer, capture, seize, take (over), annex, win, gain, secure;
march into, storm
1.1Enter (a place, situation, or sphere of activity) in large numbers, especially with intrusive effect: demonstrators invaded the presidential palace
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  • Then, activists invaded the public space of lunch counters and voter registration offices simply to eat lunch and register to vote.
  • The minute he said that a heavy atmosphere of silence invaded the place.
  • He was someone special enough that they could let him invade their comfortable place.
overrun, swarm, overwhelm, inundate
1.2(Of a parasite or disease) spread into (an organism or bodily part).
Example sentences
  • They are not normally present in significant quantities until a plant is invaded by disease.
  • Plants are exposed to a great number of pathogenic microorganisms, but a relatively small proportion of them are able to invade plants and cause diseases.
  • Now when anything invades another cell, or particularly when a parasite invades a red blood cell, they have to multiply.
1.3(Of a person or emotion) encroach or intrude on: he felt his privacy was being invaded
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  • I just really felt like I'd be intruding, invading their privacy.
  • The possibilities include adding extra points for financially motivated hackers, or for intruders that invade an individual's privacy.
  • Yes, but to be famous is, if you like privacy, it invades your privacy and takes that away from you.
intrude on, violate, encroach on, infringe on, trespass on, obtrude on, disturb, disrupt
informal horn in on, muscle in on, barge in on


Late Middle English (in the sense 'attack or assault [a person]'): from Latin invadere, from in- 'into' + vadere 'go'.

  • The early sense was ‘attack or assault (a person)’. The source is Latin invadere, from in- ‘into’ and vadere ‘go’.

Words that rhyme with invade

abrade, afraid, aid, aide, ambuscade, arcade, balustrade, barricade, Belgrade, blade, blockade, braid, brigade, brocade, cannonade, carronade, cascade, cavalcade, cockade, colonnade, crusade, dissuade, downgrade, enfilade, esplanade, evade, fade, fusillade, glade, grade, grenade, grillade, handmade, harlequinade, homemade, jade, lade, laid, lemonade, limeade, made, maid, man-made, marinade, masquerade, newlaid, orangeade, paid, palisade, parade, pasquinade, persuade, pervade, raid, serenade, shade, Sinéad, staid, stockade, stock-in-trade, suede, tailor-made, they'd, tirade, trade, Ubaid, underpaid, undismayed, unplayed, unsprayed, unswayed, upbraid, upgrade, wade

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