Definition of intrude in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɪnˈtruːd/


1 [no object] Put oneself deliberately into a place or situation where one is unwelcome or uninvited: he had no right to intrude into their lives she felt awkward at intruding on private grief
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  • The documentary-style of the movie also lends it a necessarily gritty look, so that viewers almost feel as though they are intruding on a real life situation.
  • And if it doesn't give you a feeling of empathy and some sense of guilt about intruding on the suffering of others, why are you not ashamed of your self-flattering belief that you are an artist?
  • Hope we are not intruding on your Super wife as we are writing this letter as a Super joke really, but we would love you to write to us.
1.1Enter with disruptive or adverse effect: the noise began to intrude into her thoughts
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  • There are some wood panels, which may not be to everyone's taste, but overall the use of plastics leathers and metals is subtle enough not to intrude on the general effect of an elegant ambiance.
  • They did not want the real effects of the war to intrude on the reality-TV version being broadcast to the public.
  • Here balances tend to be off kilter in a few places: listen, for example, to the brawny horn intrude on the lovely alternate theme in the first movement.
encroach, impinge, trespass, infringe, obtrude, thrust oneself in;
invade, violate;
interfere with, disturb, disrupt
informal horn in, muscle in
archaic entrench
1.2 [with object] Introduce (something) into a situation with disruptive or adverse effect: to intrude political criteria into military decisions risks reducing efficiency
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  • I would not wittingly have intruded my poor presence upon such a gallant company.
  • Somehow Hamilton intruded torso between shot and net and the ball spun past.
  • Any attempt by the Labour mafia to intrude a political crony or some ‘socially inclusive’ candidate into the specialist, highly sophisticated milieu of the National Galleries would be an outrage.
force, push, introduce, obtrude, impose, thrust
2 [with object] Geology (Of igneous rock) be forced or thrust into (an existing formation): the granite may have intruded these rock layers
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  • Clastic dykes do not exclusively intrude sediments; they also intrude granitic rock and mafic sills and are associated with lava flows in volcanic environments.
  • Numerous undated granitic and dioritic plutons intrude the Palaeozoic rocks and form large areas of Karlik Tagh and Barkol Tagh.
  • They intrude Upper Carboniferous host rocks (Westphalian B-C), but do not penetrate the Permian units.
2.1Force or thrust (igneous rock) into an existing formation.
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  • Upper Jurassic Fossil Bluff Group rocks are intruded by coeval, minor alkaline basaltic rocks.
  • During the middle to late Tertiary Period, dikes, sills, and small irregular bodies of mafic to silicic igneous material were intruded into the bedded sedimentary and volcanic rocks.
  • Nielsen, however, found no evidence for major faults and suggested that the igneous rocks had been intruded into and extruded onto the sedimentary units contemporaneously with basin development.


Mid 16th century (in the sense 'usurp an office or right'; originally as entrude): from Latin intrudere, from in- 'into' + trudere 'to thrust'.

Words that rhyme with intrude

allude, brood, collude, conclude, crude, delude, dude, elude, étude, exclude, extrude, exude, feud, food, illude, include, Jude, lewd, mood, nude, obtrude, occlude, Oudh, preclude, protrude, prude, pseud, pultrude, rood, rude, seclude, shrewd, snood, transude, unglued, unsubdued, who'd, you'd

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