Definition of “invade” - English Dictionary


“invade” in English

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uk /ɪnˈveɪd/ us /ɪnˈveɪd/

B2 [ I or T ] to enter a country by force with large numbers of soldiers in order to take possession of it:

Concentrations of troops near the border look set to invade within the next few days.

C1 [ I or T ] to enter a place in large numbers, usually when unwanted and in order to take possession or do damage:

Hundreds of squatters have invaded waste land 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 music scene with her style and image.

C2 [ T ] to spoil a situation or quality for another person without thinking about their feelings:

Famous people often find their privacy is invaded by the press.

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

“invade” in American English

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invadeverb [ I/T ]

us /ɪnˈveɪd/

to enter a place by force, often in large numbers:

[ T ] The Allies were poised to invade Germany.
[ T ] fig. I think that the opportunity is definitely there for people to invade your privacy when they want to (= find out personal things about you against your wishes).

(Definition of “invade” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)