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Webster's 1828 Dictionary

INVA'DE, v.t. [L. invado; in and vado, to go.]
1. To enter a country, as an army with hostile intentions; to enter as an enemy, with a view to conquest or plunder; to attack. The French armies invaded Holland in 1795. They invaded Russia and perished.
2. To attack; to assail; to assault.
There shall be seditions among men and invading one another. 2 Esdras.
3. To attack; to infringe; to encroach on; to violate. The king invaded the rights and privileges of the people, and the people invaded the prerogatives of the king.
4. To go into; a Latinism. [Not used.]
5. To fall on; to attack; to seize; as a disease.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: march aggressively into another's territory by military force for the purposes of conquest and occupation; "Hitler invaded Poland on September 1, 1939" [syn: invade, occupy]
2: to intrude upon, infringe, encroach on, violate; "This new colleague invades my territory"; "The neighbors intrude on your privacy" [syn: intrude on, invade, obtrude upon, encroach upon]
3: occupy in large numbers or live on a host; "the Kudzu plant infests much of the South and is spreading to the North" [syn: invade, overrun, infest]
4: penetrate or assault, in a harmful or injurious way; "The cancer had invaded her lungs"

Merriam Webster's

transitive verb (invaded; invading) Etymology: Middle English, from Latin invadere, from in- + vadere to go more at wade Date: 15th century 1. to enter for conquest or plunder 2. to encroach upon ; infringe 3. a. to spread over or into as if invading ; permeate <doubts invade his mind> b. to affect injuriously and progressively <gangrene invades healthy tissue> Synonyms: see trespass invader noun

Oxford Reference Dictionary

v.tr. (often absol.) 1 enter (a country etc.) under arms to control or subdue it. 2 swarm into. 3 (of a disease) attack (a body etc.). 4 encroach upon (a person's rights, esp. privacy). Derivatives: invader n. Etymology: L invadere invas- (as IN-(2), vadere go)

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Invade In*vade", v. t. [imp. & p. p. Invaded; p. pr. & vb. n. Invading.] [L. invadere, invasum; pref. in- in + vadere to go, akin to E. wade: cf. OF. invader, F. envahir. See Wade.] 1. To go into or upon; to pass within the confines of; to enter; -- used of forcible or rude ingress. [Obs.] Which becomes a body, and doth then invade The state of life, out of the grisly shade. --Spenser. 2. To enter with hostile intentions; to enter with a view to conquest or plunder; to make an irruption into; to attack; as, the Romans invaded Great Britain. Such an enemy Is risen to invade us. --Milton. 3. To attack; to infringe; to encroach on; to violate; as, the king invaded the rights of the people. 4. To grow or spread over; to affect injuriously and progressively; as, gangrene invades healthy tissue. Syn: To attack; assail; encroach upon. See Attack.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Invade In*vade", v. i. To make an invasion. --Brougham.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(invades, invading, invaded) 1. To invade a country means to enter it by force with an army. In autumn 1944 the allies invaded the Italian mainland at Anzio and Salerno... The Romans and the Normans came to Britain as invading armies. VERB: V n, V-ing, also V 2. If you say that people or animals invade a place, you mean that they enter it in large numbers, often in a way that is unpleasant or difficult to deal with. People invaded the streets in victory processions almost throughout the day... VERB: V n 3. to invade someone's privacy: see privacy

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

v. a. 1. March into, enter in force, enter with an army. 2. Infringe, violate, encroach upon, trench upon.

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