• IPA: /ɪnˈveɪd/

invade (invades, present participle invading; past and past participle invaded)

  1. (transitive) To move into.
    Under some circumstances police are allowed to invade a person's privacy.
    • Which becomes a body, and doth then invade / The state of life, out of the grisly shade.
  2. (transitive) To enter by force in order to conquer.
    Argentinian troops invaded the Falkland Islands in 1982.
  3. (transitive) To infest or overrun.
    The picnic was invaded by ants.
  4. To attack; to infringe; to encroach on; to violate.
    The king invaded the rights of the people.
  5. To make an unwelcome or uninvited visit or appearance, usually with an intent to cause trouble or some other unpleasant situation.
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