1. To go into or upon; to pass within the confines of; to enter; used of forcible or rude ingress. "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.

Synonyms: To attack, assail, encroach upon. See Attack.

Origin: L. Invadere, invasum; pref. In- in + vadere to go, akin to E. Wade: cf. OF. Invader, F. Envahir. See Wade.

(01 Mar 1998)

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