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}.] [1913 Webster] 1. To go into or upon; to pass within the confines of; to enter; -- used of forcible or rude ingress. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

Which becomes a body, and doth then invade The state of life, out of the grisly shade. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

Such an enemy Is risen to invade us. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

3. To attack; to infringe; to encroach on; to violate; as, the king invaded the rights of the people. [1913 Webster]

4. To grow or spread over; to affect injuriously and progressively; as, gangrene invades healthy tissue.

Syn: To attack; assail; encroach upon. See {Attack}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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