intrude

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From Latin intrudere, from in- + trudere, "to thrust".

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intrude (third-person singular simple present intrudes, present participle intruding, simple past and past participle intruded)

  1. To thrust oneself in; to come or enter without invitation, permission, or welcome; to encroach; to trespass.
    to intrude on families at unseasonable hours; to intrude on the lands of another
    • I. Watts
      Some thoughts rise and intrude upon us, while we shun them; others fly from us, when we would hold them.

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