Definition of obtrude in English:



  • 1 Become noticeable in an unwelcome or intrusive way.

    ‘a sound from the reception hall obtruded into his thoughts’
    • ‘It is rather striking how often oracles obtrude in one form or another in debates about the kingship at Sparta.’
    • ‘But if such matters obtruded in their investigations then the tribunal was perfectly entitled to investigate.’
    • ‘We would seek to avoid obtruding on to the slopes traditionally used for sledging, or to restrict the area used by horse riders.’
    • ‘Wilson does obtrude, though, with a half-hour introductory jazz concert that is supererogatory, even if Cheryl Alexander is a very winning performer.’
    • ‘In some places, solid blocks of the stone obtrude from the granite pavement of the front of the memorial or from its curved base.’
    • ‘A creature sat against the wall on a small, knobby, wooden stool, caressing her large stomach, obtruding over her legs.’
    • ‘Then the chosen ones would not obtrude with their sleek vehicles.’
    • ‘Rather, they obtrude persistently into consciousness, perturbing us when we would rather forget them, even disrupting our dreams.’
    • ‘Other problems arise elsewhere on those occasions when the hand of editor or fingerer obtrude.’
    • ‘Thin membrane-like fins were obtruding from his forearms and lower legs.’
    stick out, jut, jut out, poke out, project, stand out, come through, peek, poke, stick up, hang out, extend, obtrude
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    1. 1.1[with object]Impose or force (something) on someone in an intrusive way.
      ‘I felt unable to obtrude my private sorrow upon anyone’
      • ‘That this did not impair his relations with his mother suggests that he concealed it from her or at least did not obtrude it.’
      • ‘Passion is known to obtrude judgement and there is a lot of passionate anti-corporate and anti-American sentiment around.’
      • ‘Instead of the lost name - Signorelli - two other names of artists - Botticelli and Boltraffio - obtruded themselves.’
      • ‘Further obfuscation is caused by Sherry's eagerness to obtrude himself.’
      • ‘Into this meditation obtrudes another vision, with an entirely distinct vocabulary and resonance.’
      • ‘However hard we try to concentrate on the paintings, the sad facts of Solomon's biography insist on obtruding themselves.’
      • ‘In Angst the world obtrudes itself and is seen as what gives significance but is itself without significance.’
      • ‘Please excuse me for obtruding my weakness and my finitude, here, into your daily lives.’
      • ‘But I challenge the ethics of including stealthily edited sequences and extras that obtrude questionable material on unsuspecting viewers.’
      • ‘The billowing words obtruded itself into all the elf's senses.’
      • ‘I wish not to obtrude any constraints or restraints on you.’
      impose, force, foist, push, unload, inflict, obtrude, press, urge
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Mid 16th century: from Latin obtrudere, from ob- toward + trudere to push.