Definition of obtrude in English:

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Pronunciation: /əbˈtruːd/


[no object]
1Become noticeable in an unwelcome or intrusive way: a sound from the reception hall obtruded into his thoughts
More example sentences
  • We would seek to avoid obtruding on to the slopes traditionally used for sledging, or to restrict the area used by horse riders.
  • But if such matters obtruded in their investigations then the tribunal was perfectly entitled to investigate.
  • Then the chosen ones would not obtrude with their sleek vehicles.
1.1 [with object] Impose or force (something) on someone in an unwelcome or intrusive way: I felt unable to obtrude my private sorrow upon anyone
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  • Passion is known to obtrude judgement and there is a lot of passionate anti-corporate and anti-American sentiment around.
  • Please excuse me for obtruding my weakness and my finitude, here, into your daily lives.
  • Into this meditation obtrudes another vision, with an entirely distinct vocabulary and resonance.



Pronunciation: /əbˈtruːdə/
Example sentences
  • The cannula was fixed to the skull with dental cement and capped with silicon without an obtruder.
  • When a person approaches the haunt of fern-owls (caprimulgi) in an evening, they continue flying round the head of the obtruder.


Pronunciation: /əbˈtruːʒ(ə)n/
Example sentences
  • At the moment it's independent and free of any sort of didactic obtrusion that those other elements would have created.
  • Well, to be accurate the basketball game was more of an obtrusion to the two and a half hour variety show laid on for our entertainment.
  • He kneeled gently on the earthy floor and took a stick from the ground, and cleared the ground of stones and other obtrusions.


Mid 16th century: from Latin obtrudere, from ob- 'towards' + trudere 'to push'.

Words that rhyme with obtrude

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

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