- 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.
transitive verbintruded, intruding
- 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 of intrudeClassical Latin intrudere ; from in-, in + trudere, to thrust, push: see threat
verbin·trud·ed, in·trud·ing, in·trudes
- 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 of intrudeMiddle English intruden, from Latin intrūdere, intrūs-, to thrust in : in-, in; see in–2 + trūdere, to thrust; see treud- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present intrudes, present participle intruding, simple past and past participle intruded)
- To thrust oneself in; to come or enter without invitation, permission, or welcome; to encroach; to trespass.
- to intrude on families at unseasonable hours; to intrude on the lands of another
- From Latin intrudere, from in- + trudere, "to thrust".