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’
    • ‘They joined forces to plan an invasion along the French borders and gain new territory.’
    • ‘Her friends abandoned her, however, after the German invasion when Jews were forced to wear the yellow star of David.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The idea that Russia could mount a credible invasion with conventional forces is fast receding.’
    • ‘He launched the second invasion to retake by force the rebellious republic.’
    • ‘At the time of the Roman invasion, the region formed part of the territory of the Coritani.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘British nuclear weapons did not deter Argentina, nor did the approach of a huge task force drive the invasion back.’
    • ‘Nostradamus also claimed that a man from Greater Arabia would lead his forces on an invasion through Europe.’
    • ‘I have never heard of any of them volunteering to join our forces in an armed invasion.’
    • ‘He could even have allocated more forces to the invasion if he had so chosen.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘IF YOU think that the armed forces are meant to protect us only against invasions, think again.’
    • ‘Relative peace and stability prevailed until 1977 and 1978 when Katangan rebels, staged in Angola, launched a series of invasions into the Katanga region.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Most of the new alliance members contributed armed forces units to the invasion of the country.’
    • ‘The second scenario would involve a limited invasion of special forces and a sustained bombing campaign.’
    occupation, conquering, capture, seizure, annexation, annexing, takeover, appropriation, expropriation, arrogation
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    1. 1.1 An 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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Last week, we looked into some rather amusing cases of animal pitch invasions.’
      • ‘Last month, police issued pictures of 26 hooligans they wanted to trace in connection with two pitch invasions during the match.’
      • ‘He was later caught up in the pitch invasion as he was carried by celebrating fans.’
      • ‘I am doubtful that he will be picked for the upcoming test series against Zimbabwe, where pitch invasions take on a whole new meaning.’
      • ‘We like to get into the cooking sherry while we are preparing for the invasion.’
      • ‘Rising standards in the Northern Ford Premiership could give York Wasps the edge as they prepare for a French invasion tomorrow.’
      • ‘Authorities say all three could be linked to at least 20 similar home invasions here, in the past three months.’
      • ‘The final whistle sparked a pitch invasion of ecstatic fans and the Burnley players got off as quickly as they could.’
      • ‘England won 2-0, but it was marred by several pitch invasions as well as racist chanting, while violence flared outside the game.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Streakers and pitch invasions don't go hand-in-hand with the Wetherby Road image.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The colour, the noise, the horns and of course the odd pitch invasions, yes you guessed it the Pakistan Cricket team is in town.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Blackpool are preparing for a green invasion as they take on promotion chasing Plymouth Argyle at Bloomfield Road on Saturday.’
      • ‘The invasion prompted a smaller pitch invasion by Preston fans following their team's second goal.’
      influx, inundation, inrush, rush, flood, torrent, deluge, stream, avalanche
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    2. 1.2 An unwelcome intrusion into another's domain.
      ‘random drug testing of employees is an unwarranted invasion of privacy’
      • ‘This move was despicable, an invasion of privacy, and a form of stalking, and should be illegal.’
      • ‘All these technologies raise serious questions about invasions of privacy and violations of civil liberties.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I do reserve the right to decline the requests that would constitute an invasion of privacy.’
      • ‘Television newsmagazines have regularly broadcast reports of these invasions of privacy.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘One of the more insidious invasions of our privacy rights is the rampant spread of drug tests in the American workplace.’
      • ‘I also think Buckley and all the pundits are wrong to even talk about which invasions of privacy are off-limits in politics.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In order to discredit Morgan's exclusive, the 500-plus members of the QLR are being subject to unprecedented invasions of their privacy.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Having said that, she really did so at great risk to herself and she did suffer many invasions of privacy as a result.’
      • ‘The video footage was so obviously a gross invasion of privacy and a violation of human dignity.’
      • ‘Beneficiaries often have to submit to small scale victimisation and invasions of their privacy if they are to keep their benefit.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The Torah speaks of the evil prophet Bilaam praising the Israelites for dwelling arrangements that prevented unwanted intrusions and other invasions of privacy.’
      • ‘Perchance there will be questions of invasions of privacy at some later time, since the victims would seem to be identifiable.’
      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).