Definition of obtrude in US English:



[no object]
  • 1Become noticeable in an unwelcome or intrusive way.

    ‘a sound from the reception hall obtruded into his thoughts’
    • ‘But if such matters obtruded in their investigations then the tribunal was perfectly entitled to investigate.’
    • ‘Other problems arise elsewhere on those occasions when the hand of editor or fingerer obtrude.’
    • ‘In some places, solid blocks of the stone obtrude from the granite pavement of the front of the memorial or from its curved base.’
    • ‘Thin membrane-like fins were obtruding from his forearms and lower 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.’
    • ‘It is rather striking how often oracles obtrude in one form or another in debates about the kingship at Sparta.’
    • ‘We would seek to avoid obtruding on to the slopes traditionally used for sledging, or to restrict the area used by horse riders.’
    • ‘A creature sat against the wall on a small, knobby, wooden stool, caressing her large stomach, obtruding over her legs.’
    • ‘Wilson does obtrude, though, with a half-hour introductory jazz concert that is supererogatory, even if Cheryl Alexander is a very winning performer.’
    stick out, jut, jut out, poke out, project, stand out, come through, peek, poke, stick up, hang out, loom, loom out, extend
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    1. 1.1with object Impose or force (something) on someone in an intrusive way.
      ‘I felt unable to obtrude my private sorrow upon anyone’
      • ‘Into this meditation obtrudes another vision, with an entirely distinct vocabulary and resonance.’
      • ‘Instead of the lost name - Signorelli - two other names of artists - Botticelli and Boltraffio - obtruded themselves.’
      • ‘Please excuse me for obtruding my weakness and my finitude, here, into your daily lives.’
      • ‘The billowing words obtruded itself into all the elf's senses.’
      • ‘Passion is known to obtrude judgement and there is a lot of passionate anti-corporate and anti-American sentiment around.’
      • ‘But I challenge the ethics of including stealthily edited sequences and extras that obtrude questionable material on unsuspecting viewers.’
      • ‘I wish not to obtrude any constraints or restraints on you.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Further obfuscation is caused by Sherry's eagerness to obtrude himself.’
      • ‘That this did not impair his relations with his mother suggests that he concealed it from her or at least did not obtrude it.’
      impose, force, foist, push, unload, inflict, press, urge
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Mid 16th century: from Latin obtrudere, from ob- ‘towards’ + trudere ‘to push’.