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Princeton's WordNet

  1. invade, occupyverb

    march aggressively into another's territory by military force for the purposes of conquest and occupation

    "Hitler invaded Poland on September 1, 1939"

  2. intrude on, invade, obtrude upon, encroach uponverb

    to intrude upon, infringe, encroach on, violate

    "This new colleague invades my territory"; "The neighbors intrude on your privacy"

  3. invade, overrun, infestverb

    occupy in large numbers or live on a host

    "the Kudzu plant infests much of the South and is spreading to the North"

  4. invadeverb

    penetrate or assault, in a harmful or injurious way

    "The cancer had invaded her lungs"


  1. invadeverb

    To move into.

    Under some circumstances police are allowed to invade a person's privacy.

  2. invadeverb

    To enter by force in order to conquer.

    Argentinian troops invaded the Falkland Islands in 1982.

  3. invadeverb

    To infest or overrun.

    The picnic was invaded by ants.

  4. Etymology: From in-, "in", "into", + vādō, "I go", "I rush".

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To INVADEverb

    Etymology: invado, Latin.

    He will invade them with troops. Hab. iii. 16.

    Should he invade any part of their country, he would soon see that nation up in arms. Richard Knolles.

    With dang'rous expedition they invade
    Heav'n, whose high walls fear no assault. John Milton.

    Thy race in times to come
    Shall spread the conquests of imperial Rome;
    Rome, whose ascending tow'rs shall heav'n invade,
    Involving earth and ocean in her shade. John Dryden, Æn.

    Encouraged with success, he invades the province of philosophy. Dryden.

    In vain did nature's wise command
    Divide the waters from the land,
    If daring ships, and men prophane,
    Invade th' inviolable main. Dryden.

    There shall be sedition among men, and invading one another; they shall not regard their kings. 2 Esdr. xv. 16.

    Thou think'st 'tis much, that this contentious storm
    Invades us to the skin; so 'tis to thee:
    But where the greater malady is fix'd,
    The lesser is scarce felt. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    Your foes are such, as they, not you, have made;
    And virtue may repel, though not invade. Dryden.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Invadeverb

    to go into or upon; to pass within the confines of; to enter; -- used of forcible or rude ingress

  2. Invadeverb

    to enter with hostile intentions; to enter with a view to conquest or plunder; to make an irruption into; to attack; as, the Romans invaded Great Britain

  3. Invadeverb

    to attack; to infringe; to encroach on; to violate; as, the king invaded the rights of the people

  4. Invadeverb

    to grow or spread over; to affect injuriously and progressively; as, gangrene invades healthy tissue

  5. Invadeverb

    to make an invasion

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Invade

    in-vād′, v.t. to enter a country as an enemy: to attack: to encroach upon: to violate: to seize or fall upon.—ns. Invad′er; Invā′sion, the act of invading: an attack: an incursion: an attack on the rights of another: an encroachment: a violation.—adj. Invā′sive, making invasion: aggressive: infringing another's rights. [Fr.,—L. invadĕre, invasumin, in, vadĕre, to go.]

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    Rank popularity for the word 'invade' in Verbs Frequency: #1102

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of invade in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of invade in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of invade in a Sentence

  1. Chris Van Hollen:

    This bill makes crystal clear in advance that Putin and Russia will face punishing consequences if he makes the drastic miscalculation to invade Ukraine and further infringe on its sovereignty.

  2. Will Heath/NBC:

    Russia has deployed 90,000 troops to its border with Ukraine leading many people to believe Vladimir Putin plans to invade the country, no offense to Ukraine, but why? Is Russia running low on tracksuits and counterfeit cologne?

  3. Joe Biden:

    It’s one thing if it’s a minor incursion, and then we end up having a fight about what to do and not do, et cetera, but if they actually do what they’re capable of doing with the forces amassed on the border, it is going to be a disaster for Russia if they further invade Ukraine.

  4. Charly Salonius-Pasternak:

    It's always been bonkers, the idea that a Western country would invade Russia, but we have tried to minimize those concerns by boosting trade and cooperating in other areas.

  5. Antony Blinken:

    We've seen this playbook before, now, we don't know whether President Putin has made the decision to invade. We do know that he's putting in place the capacity to do so in short order should he so decide.

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