Definition of invasion in English:



  • 1An instance of invading a country or region with an armed force.

    ‘Napoleon's disastrous invasion of Russia in 1812’
    [mass noun] ‘in 1546 England had to be defended from invasion’
    • ‘At the time of the Roman invasion, the region formed part of the territory of the Coritani.’
    • ‘British nuclear weapons did not deter Argentina, nor did the approach of a huge task force drive the invasion back.’
    • ‘The second scenario would involve a limited invasion of special forces and a sustained bombing campaign.’
    • ‘The linchpin of the deployment is Exercise Rapid Alliance, involving two American carrier battlegroups and a US Marine Corps task force, staging mock invasions.’
    • ‘Lieutenant General Frederick Morgan was put in charge of planning the invasion to end all invasions.’
    • ‘Her friends abandoned her, however, after the German invasion when Jews were forced to wear the yellow star of David.’
    • ‘The idea that Russia could mount a credible invasion with conventional forces is fast receding.’
    • ‘Relative peace and stability prevailed until 1977 and 1978 when Katangan rebels, staged in Angola, launched a series of invasions into the Katanga region.’
    • ‘In 1980, after the invasion by Tanzanian forces and Ugandan exiles, Amin fled the country.’
    • ‘Once a peaceful region after the invasion, it has seen a rise in attacks in recent weeks.’
    • ‘They joined forces to plan an invasion along the French borders and gain new territory.’
    • ‘I have never heard of any of them volunteering to join our forces in an armed invasion.’
    • ‘Nostradamus also claimed that a man from Greater Arabia would lead his forces on an invasion through Europe.’
    • ‘He was in charge of intelligence for coalition land forces during the invasion last year.’
    • ‘The second market massacre has fueled hostility to the US-led invasion throughout the region.’
    • ‘IF YOU think that the armed forces are meant to protect us only against invasions, think again.’
    • ‘He launched the second invasion to retake by force the rebellious republic.’
    • ‘Congolese are quick to point out that despite those two invasions, Rwandan forces never succeeded in disarming the rebels and insist that Rwanda is only after Congo's mineral wealth.’
    • ‘He could even have allocated more forces to the invasion if he had so chosen.’
    • ‘Most of the new alliance members contributed armed forces units to the invasion of the country.’
    occupation, conquering, capture, seizure, annexation, annexing, takeover, appropriation, expropriation, arrogation
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    1. 1.1An incursion by a large number of people or things into a place or sphere of activity.
      ‘there was a brief pitch invasion when Sunderland scored’
      • ‘Security has been tightened for today's showpiece final of cricket's NatWest one-day international series, at Lord's, after pitch invasions and firecrackers marred earlier rounds.’
      • ‘He was later caught up in the pitch invasion as he was carried by celebrating fans.’
      • ‘Blackpool are preparing for a green invasion as they take on promotion chasing Plymouth Argyle at Bloomfield Road on Saturday.’
      • ‘Last week, we looked into some rather amusing cases of animal pitch invasions.’
      • ‘The colour, the noise, the horns and of course the odd pitch invasions, yes you guessed it the Pakistan Cricket team is in town.’
      • ‘Celtic's supporters annexed the place for the day, filling every nook and cranny and, on many occasions, succumbing to the temptation to leap the hoardings for good-natured but tiresome pitch invasions.’
      • ‘England won 2-0, but it was marred by several pitch invasions as well as racist chanting, while violence flared outside the game.’
      • ‘The final whistle sparked a pitch invasion of ecstatic fans and the Burnley players got off as quickly as they could.’
      • ‘I am doubtful that he will be picked for the upcoming test series against Zimbabwe, where pitch invasions take on a whole new meaning.’
      • ‘Rising standards in the Northern Ford Premiership could give York Wasps the edge as they prepare for a French invasion tomorrow.’
      • ‘The invasion prompted a smaller pitch invasion by Preston fans following their team's second goal.’
      • ‘If A is guilty, then B and the brewers and bakers must have the right to defend themselves against A's actions, and their defensive actions can only consist of physical invasions of A and his property.’
      • ‘We like to get into the cooking sherry while we are preparing for the invasion.’
      • ‘Although there have been no major outbreaks of violence inside the ground, there have been pitch invasions, the firing of flares and threatening chanting and behaviour aimed at visiting fans.’
      • ‘Last month, police issued pictures of 26 hooligans they wanted to trace in connection with two pitch invasions during the match.’
      • ‘Streakers and pitch invasions don't go hand-in-hand with the Wetherby Road image.’
      • ‘Zimbabwe is set to enter a devastating famine because of land invasions and the occupancy of once highly productive commercial farms by so-called war veterans.’
      • ‘We thought pitch invasions were a thing of the past but this was a defining moment for the Orchard County and the long wait was over.’
      • ‘Authorities say all three could be linked to at least 20 similar home invasions here, in the past three months.’
      • ‘This was to be the last action of the game as the referee blew the final whistle and the pitch invasion and celebrations got underway.’
      influx, inundation, inrush, rush, flood, torrent, deluge, stream, avalanche
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    2. 1.2An unwelcome intrusion into another's domain.
      ‘random drug testing of employees is an unwarranted invasion of privacy’
      • ‘He and his wife have fought off invasions into their own privacy by a former nanny (aided by the Mail on Sunday) and into that of baby Leo, born in May.’
      • ‘So what we have here is not just a tax on our identities but an invasion of privacy that should be in direct contravention of the Freedom of Information Act.’
      • ‘Having said that, she really did so at great risk to herself and she did suffer many invasions of privacy as a result.’
      • ‘Television newsmagazines have regularly broadcast reports of these invasions of privacy.’
      • ‘In order to discredit Morgan's exclusive, the 500-plus members of the QLR are being subject to unprecedented invasions of their privacy.’
      • ‘One of the more insidious invasions of our privacy rights is the rampant spread of drug tests in the American workplace.’
      • ‘Perchance there will be questions of invasions of privacy at some later time, since the victims would seem to be identifiable.’
      • ‘Every so-called celebrity who pushes themselves into the public eye and then complains about invasions of privacy would be made to stand in the corner for a long time, until they'd learned their lesson.’
      • ‘I also think Buckley and all the pundits are wrong to even talk about which invasions of privacy are off-limits in politics.’
      • ‘I'm not sure, but I suspect such a perspective would reveal that steps that in the United States are considered severe and unwarranted invasions of privacy are considered rather routine abroad.’
      • ‘All these technologies raise serious questions about invasions of privacy and violations of civil liberties.’
      • ‘So the kind of speech the founders were most keen to protect - explicit political expression about important public policy matters - is slapped down, while invasions of privacy are not.’
      • ‘The video footage was so obviously a gross invasion of privacy and a violation of human dignity.’
      • ‘The Torah speaks of the evil prophet Bilaam praising the Israelites for dwelling arrangements that prevented unwanted intrusions and other invasions of privacy.’
      • ‘Government officials never attempt to explain how their actions conform to constitutional and legal prohibitions against government invasions of privacy and infringements on free speech and association.’
      • ‘The Pentagon has put out another batch of official photographs of flag-draped coffins and honor guards, having long resisted, claiming invasions of family's privacy.’
      • ‘Beneficiaries often have to submit to small scale victimisation and invasions of their privacy if they are to keep their benefit.’
      • ‘I do reserve the right to decline the requests that would constitute an invasion of privacy.’
      • ‘This move was despicable, an invasion of privacy, and a form of stalking, and should be illegal.’
      • ‘The reason nobody takes action over unjustifiable privacy invasions is because the very taking of such actions would cause further and more intrusive invasions of privacy.’
      violation, infringement, interruption, disturbance, disruption, breach, infraction
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Late Middle English: from late Latin invasio(n-), from the verb invadere (see invade).