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Definition of intrude verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they intrude
    he / she / it intrudes
    past simple intruded
    -ing form intruding
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  1. 1[intransitive] to go or be somewhere where you are not wanted or are not supposed to be I'm sorry to intrude, but I need to talk to someone. intrude into/on/upon somebody/something legislation to stop newspapers from intruding on people's private lives
  2. 2[intransitive] intrude (on/into/upon something) to disturb something or have an unpleasant effect on it The sound of the telephone intruded into his dreams.
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