Definition of invade in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɪnˈveɪd/


[with object]
1(Of an armed force) enter (a country or region) so as to subjugate or occupy it: during the Second World War the island was invaded by the Axis powers
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  • 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 in 1914 with promises of freedom—from the Turks.
  • She was still in Hong Kong when the Japanese forces invaded that territory in 1941.
occupy, conquer, capture, seize, take (over), annex, win, gain, secure;
march into, overrun, overwhelm, storm, descend on, swoop on, swarm over, surge over, make inroads on;
attack, assail, assault, raid, plunder, maraud
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.
permeate, pervade, fill, spread through/over, diffuse through, imbue, perfuse, be disseminated through, flow through;
assail, attack, take over
1.2(Of a parasite or disease) spread into (an organism or bodily part): sometimes the worms invade the central nervous system
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  • 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.
1.3Encroach 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, burst in on, interrupt, disturb, disrupt
informal horn in on, muscle in on
archaic entrench 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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