When someone says, “I hate to intrude, but…” you can bet she is in fact going to interrupt your conversation or insert her opinion, even though it isn’t wanted. House burglars also intrude, but they don’t usually announce it first.

People can intrude in different ways, but it is usually uninvited and also unwelcome. This verb is derived from the Latin, intrudere, in which the in- means “into” and -trudere means, “to thrust.” So people can in intrude by thrusting or forcing themselves into your private life, your personal body space, or your home. Loud music could intrude into your studying. A memory could intrude while you are trying to focus on texting a message.

Definitions of intrude

v enter uninvited

“They intruded on our dinner party”
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break in
intrude on uninvited
intrude or enter uninvited
barge in, crash, gate-crash
enter uninvited; informal
move in on
make intrusive advances towards
Type of:
come in, enter, get in, get into, go in, go into, move into
to come or go into

v enter unlawfully on someone's property

break, break in
enter someone's (virtual or real) property in an unauthorized manner, usually with the intent to steal or commit a violent act
gain unauthorized access computers with malicious intentions
Type of:
breach, break, go against, infract, offend, transgress, violate
act in disregard of laws, rules, contracts, or promises

v thrust oneself in as if by force

“The colors don't intrude on the viewer”
Type of:
bring down, impose, inflict, visit
impose something unpleasant

v search or inquire in a meddlesome way

horn in, nose, poke, pry
Type of:
look, search
search or seek

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