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in·va·sion

 (ĭn-vā′zhən)
n.
1. The act of invading, especially the entrance of an armed force into a territory to conquer.
2. The entry into bodily tissue and subsequent proliferation of an injurious entity, such as a pathogen or tumor.
3. An intrusion or encroachment: Your reading her diary was an invasion of her privacy.

[Middle English invasioun, from Old French invasion, from Late Latin invāsiō, invāsiōn-, from invāsus, past participle of invādere, to invade; see invade.]

invasion

(ɪnˈveɪʒən)
n
1. (Military) the act of invading with armed forces
2. any encroachment or intrusion: an invasion of rats.
3. the onset or advent of something harmful, esp of a disease
4. (Pathology) pathol the spread of cancer from its point of origin into surrounding tissues
5. (Botany) the movement of plants to a new area or to an area to which they are not native

in•va•sion

(ɪnˈveɪ ʒən)

n.
1. an act or instance of invading, esp. by an army.
2. the entrance or advent of anything troublesome or harmful, as disease.
3. entrance as if to take possession or overrun: the annual invasion of tourists.
4. infringement by intrusion: invasion of privacy.
[1400–50; late Middle English < Late Latin invāsiō < Latin invād(ere) to invade]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.invasion - the act of invadinginvasion - the act of invading; the act of an army that invades for conquest or plunder
penetration, incursion - an attack that penetrates into enemy territory
inroad - an invasion or hostile attack
2.invasion - any entry into an area not previously occupiedinvasion - any entry into an area not previously occupied; "an invasion of tourists"; "an invasion of locusts"
entering, entrance - a movement into or inward
3.invasion - (pathology) the spread of pathogenic microorganisms or malignant cells to new sites in the body; "the tumor's invasion of surrounding structures"
medical specialty, medicine - the branches of medical science that deal with nonsurgical techniques
spread, spreading - process or result of distributing or extending over a wide expanse of space

invasion

noun
2. flood, flow, rush, arrival, influx, convergence, inflow, incursion, inundation, inrush Seaside resorts are preparing for an invasion of tourists.
3. intrusion, breach, violation, disturbance, disruption, infringement, overstepping, infiltration, encroachment, infraction, usurpation Is reading a child's diary a gross invasion of privacy?

invasion

noun
An act of invading, especially by military forces:
Translations
غَزْو
invaze
angrebinvasion
benyomulásinvázió
innrás
invázia
napadvdor
istilâ

invasion

[ɪnˈveɪʒən] Ninvasión f
invasion forcefuerza f invasora
it would be an invasion of privacy tosería una invasión de la intimidad ...

invasion

[ɪnˈveɪʒən] n
(by enemy) [country] → invasion f; [house, town] → invasion f
an invasion of flies → une invasion de mouches
a tourist invasion → une invasion de touristes
(= intrusion) an invasion of privacy → une atteinte à la vie privée
Is reading a child's diary always an invasion of privacy? → Lire le journal d'un enfant constitue-t-il toujours une atteinte à la vie privée?

invasion

n (lit, fig)Invasion f; (of privacy etc)Eingriff m (→ of in +acc); the Viking invasionder Einfall der Wikinger; the German invasion of Polandder Einmarsch or Einfall der Deutschen in Polen

invasion

[ɪnˈveɪʒn] ninvasione f
an invasion of sb's privacy → una violazione della privacy di qn

invade

(inˈveid) verb
(of an enemy) to enter (a country etc) with an army. Britain was twice invaded by the Romans.
inˈvader noun
a person, or (sometimes in singular with the) an armed force etc, that invades. Our armies fought bravely against the invader(s).
inˈvasion (-ʒən) noun

in·va·sion

n. invasión, acto de invadir.
References in classic literature ?
The nations of Europe are encircled with chains of fortified places, which mutually obstruct invasion.
At any rate, whether we expect another invasion or not, our views of the human future must be greatly modified by these events.
He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative Powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
She mobilized five times as many millions of her militia and awaited the invasion.
Now, in the midst of these intestine disquiets, we are threatened with an invasion from the island of Blefuscu, which is the other great empire of the universe, almost as large and powerful as this of his majesty.
The Privilege of the Writ of Habeas Corpus shall not be suspended, unless when in Cases of Rebellion or Invasion the public Safety may require it.
It might even win battles, and yet your standing army are mercenaries, and no great nation, from the days of Babylon, has resisted invasion or held an empire by her mercenaries.
And as upon the invasion of their valleys, the frosty Swiss have retreated to their mountains; so, hunted from the savannas and glades of the middle seas, the whale-bone whales can at last resort to their Polar citadels, and diving under the ultimate glassy barriers and walls there, come up among icy fields and floes; and in a charmed circle of everlasting December, bid defiance to all pursuit from man.
For if it had been defended by proper valour, as are Germany, Spain, and France, either this invasion would not have made the great changes it has made or it would not have come at all.
His love for Natasha, Antichrist, Napoleon, the invasion, the comet,
I have a magic charm powerful enough to accomplish that wonderful feat, and now that we have been warned of our danger by the Nome King's invasion, I believe we must not hesitate to separate ourselves forever from all the rest of the world.
A state like this would ever be exposed to the invasions of those who were powerful and inclined to attack it; but, as has been already mentioned, its situation preserves it, as it is free from the inroads of foreigners; and for this reason the family slaves still remain quiet at Crete, while the Helots are perpetually revolting: for the Cretans take no part in foreign affairs, and it is but lately that any foreign troops have made an attack upon the island; and their ravages soon proved the ineffectualness of their laws.