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UK [ɪnˈveɪd] / US verb
Word forms "invade":
present tense I/you/we/they invade he/she/it invades present participle invading past tense invaded past participle invaded
1) [intransitive/transitive] to take or send an army into another country in order to get control of it

The island was invaded during the war.

They received information that the Americans were preparing to invade.

2)
a) [transitive] to enter a place, especially in large numbers or in a way that causes problems

Cannes was invaded this week by top names from the film industry.

b) to spread to a part of the body and cause damage there

The infected cells can invade healthy tissue.

3) [transitive] to get involved in someone's life without their permission

Closed-circuit TV cameras seem to be invading every aspect of our lives.

invade someone's privacy:

Investigators were spying on people's homes and invading their privacy.

4) [transitive] mainly literary to affect someone in an annoying way that they cannot ignore

The memory of their last meeting kept invading his thoughts.


English dictionary. 2014.

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  • Invade — In*vade , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Invaded}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Invading}.] [L. invadere, invasum; pref. in in + vadere to go, akin to E. wade: cf. OF. invader, F. envahir. See {Wade}.] [1913 Webster] 1. To go into or upon; to pass within the confines… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • invade — (v.) late 15c., from M.Fr. invader to invade, and directly from L. invadere to go into, enter upon; assail, assault, attack (see INVASION (Cf. invasion)). Related: invaded; invading …   Etymology dictionary

  • invade — [in vād′] vt. invaded, invading [ME invaden < L invadere < in , in + vadere, to come, go: see WADE] 1. to enter forcibly or hostilely; come into as an enemy 2. to crowd into; throng [tourists invading the beaches] 3. to intrude upon;… …   English World dictionary

  • Invade — In*vade , v. i. To make an invasion. Brougham. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • invade — encroach, *trespass, entrench, infringe Analogous words: intrude, obtrude, butt in, interlope: *enter, penetrate, pierce, probe: *permeate, pervade, impenetrate, interpenetrate …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • invade — [v] attack and encroach access, assail, assault, breach, burglarize, burst in, crash, descend upon, entrench, fall on, foray, go in, infect, infest, infringe, inroad, interfere, loot, make inroads*, maraud, meddle, muscle in*, occupy, overrun,… …   New thesaurus

  • invade — ► VERB 1) enter (a country) as or with an army so as to subjugate or occupy it. 2) enter in large numbers, especially intrusively. 3) (of a parasite or disease) attack and spread into (an organism or bodily part). 4) encroach on: his privacy was… …   English terms dictionary

  • invade — invadable, adj. invader, n. /in vayd /, v., invaded, invading. v.t. 1. to enter forcefully as an enemy; go into with hostile intent: Germany invaded Poland in 1939. 2. to enter like an enemy: Locusts invaded the fields. 3. to enter as if to take… …   Universalium

  • invade — in•vade [[t]ɪnˈveɪd[/t]] v. vad•ed, vad•ing 1) to enter forcefully as an enemy; go into with hostile intent 2) to enter as if to take possession: to invade a neighbor s home[/ex] 3) to enter and affect injuriously or destructively: viruses that… …   From formal English to slang


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