- 1An instance of invading a country or region with an armed force: Napoleon’s disastrous invasion of Russia in 1812 [mass noun]: in 1546 England had to be defended from invasionMore example sentences
- I have never heard of any of them volunteering to join our forces in an armed invasion.
- He launched the second invasion to retake by force the rebellious republic.
- The second scenario would involve a limited invasion of special forces and a sustained bombing campaign.
- 1.1An incursion by a large number of people or things into a place or sphere of activity: there was a brief pitch invasion when Sunderland scoredMore example sentences
- The final whistle sparked a pitch invasion of ecstatic fans and the Burnley players got off as quickly as they could.
- He was later caught up in the pitch invasion as he was carried by celebrating fans.
- This was to be the last action of the game as the referee blew the final whistle and the pitch invasion and celebrations got underway.
- 1.2An unwelcome intrusion into another’s domain: random drug testing of employees is an unwarranted invasion of privacyMore example sentences
- The Torah speaks of the evil prophet Bilaam praising the Israelites for dwelling arrangements that prevented unwanted intrusions and other invasions of privacy.
- The reason nobody takes action over unjustifiable privacy invasions is because the very taking of such actions would cause further and more intrusive invasions of privacy.
- I'm not sure, but I suspect such a perspective would reveal that steps that in the United States are considered severe and unwarranted invasions of privacy are considered rather routine abroad.
late Middle English: from late Latin invasio(n-), from the verb invadere (see invade).