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verb invade pronunciation in American English /ɪnˈveɪd/
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present tense
I/you/we/theyinvade
he/she/itinvades
present participleinvading
past tenseinvaded
past participleinvaded
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  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 movie 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 someones 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.

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