invadable, adj.invader, n.
/in vayd"/, v., invaded, invading.
1. to enter forcefully as an enemy; go into with hostile intent: Germany invaded Poland in 1939.
2. to enter like an enemy: Locusts invaded the fields.
3. to enter as if to take possession: to invade a neighbor's home.
4. to enter and affect injuriously or destructively, as disease: viruses that invade the bloodstream.
5. to intrude upon: to invade the privacy of a family.
6. to encroach or infringe upon: to invade the rights of citizens.
7. to permeate: The smell of baking invades the house.
8. to penetrate; spread into or over: The population boom has caused city dwellers to invade the suburbs.
9. to make an invasion: troops awaiting the signal to invade.
[1485-95; < L invadere, equiv. to in- IN-2 + vadere to go; see WADE]
Syn. 1, 2. penetrate, attack.

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