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invadeverb

uk   /ɪnˈveɪd/  us   /ɪnˈveɪd/
B2 [I or T] to ​enter a ​country by ​force with ​largenumbers of ​soldiers in ​order to take ​possession of it: Concentrations of ​troops near the ​borderlook set to invade within the next few ​days.
C1 [I or T] to ​enter a ​place in ​largenumbers, usually when ​unwanted and in ​order to take ​possession or do ​damage: Hundreds of ​squatters have invaded ​wasteland in the ​hope that they will be ​allowed to ​stay.
[T] to ​enter an ​area of ​activity in a ​forceful and ​noticeable way: Maria ​looks set to invade the ​musicscene with her ​style and ​image.
C2 [T] to ​spoil a ​situation or ​quality for another ​person without ​thinking about ​theirfeelings: Famous ​people often ​findtheir privacy is invaded by the ​press.

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(Definition of invade from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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invadeverb [I/T]

 us   /ɪnˈveɪd/
to ​enter a ​place by ​force, often in ​largenumbers: [T] The Allies were ​poised to invade Germany. [T] fig. I ​think that the ​opportunity is ​definitely there for ​people to invade ​yourprivacy when they ​want to (= ​find out ​personal things about you against ​yourwishes).
(Definition of invade from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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