- The definition of intrude is to butt in where you aren't invited or to become involved in something where you don't belong.
When you start sharing your opinion in a conversation that you overheard and were not invited to, this is an example of a time when you intrude on the conversation.
- to push or force (something in or upon)
- to force (oneself or one's thoughts) upon others without being asked or welcomed
- Geol. to force (liquid magma, etc.) into or between solid rocks
Origin: L intrudere from in-, inch(es) plush trudere, to thrust, push: see threat
- intruder noun
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verb in·trud·ed, in·trud·ing, in·trudes verb, transitive
- To put or force in inappropriately, especially without invitation, fitness, or permission: intruded opinion into a factual report.
- Geology To thrust (molten rock) into preexisting rock.
Origin: Middle English intruden, from Latin intrūdere, intrūs-, to thrust in : in-, in; see in-2 + trūdere, to thrust; see treud- in Indo-European roots.
- in·trudˈer noun