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verb     invade pronunciation in British English
Word Forms
present tense
present participleinvading
past tenseinvaded
past participleinvaded
  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to take or send an army into another country in order to get control of it

    The island was invaded during the war.

    They received information that the Americans were preparing to invade.

  2. 2
    [transitive] to enter a place, especially in large numbers or in a way that causes problems

    Cannes was invaded this week by top names from the film industry.

    1. a.
      to spread to a part of the body and cause damage there

      The infected cells can invade healthy tissue.

  3. 3
    [transitive] to get involved in someone’s life without their permission

    Closed-circuit TV cameras seem to be invading every aspect of our lives.

    invade someone’s privacy:

    Investigators were spying on people’s homes and invading their privacy.

  4. 4
    [transitive] mainly literary to affect someone in an annoying way that they cannot ignore

    The memory of their last meeting kept invading his thoughts.



to manipulate someone psychologically so that they begin to question their own perceptions and memories

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