Other forms: intruding; intruded; intrudes

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
  1. verb
    enter uninvited
    “They intruded on our dinner party”
    synonyms: irrupt
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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
  2. verb
    enter unlawfully on someone's property
    synonyms: trespass
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    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
  3. verb
    thrust oneself in as if by force
    “The colors don't intrude on the viewer”
    synonyms: obtrude
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    type of:
    bring down, impose, inflict, visit
    impose something unpleasant
  4. verb
    search or inquire in a meddlesome way
    synonyms: horn in, nose, poke, pry
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    type of:
    look, search
    search or seek
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