Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “invade”

See all translations

invade

verb uk   /ɪnˈveɪd/ us  
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.
More examples
(Definition of invade from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of invade?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “invade” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

pup

a baby of particular animals, or a puppy

Word of the Day

I won’t tolerate it! Replacing formal words with phrasal verbs.

by Liz Walter,
April 01, 2015
When you are using a language, it is important to understand if a word is formal or informal, so that you can use it in an appropriate way. You might hear people saying dosh for money, or spud for potato, but they wouldn’t write those words in a formal essay. Similarly, a

Read More 

stackin’ p

March 30, 2015
idiom slang earning a lot of money ‘That’s a very generous present.”Yeah, well, she’s stackin’ p, innit?’

Read More