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intr.v. ir·rupt·ed, ir·rupt·ing, ir·rupts
1. To break or burst in: The boys irrupted into the kitchen.
2. Ecology To increase rapidly in number, especially beyond the normal range: snowy owls that irrupted southward.

[Latin irrumpere, irrupt- : in-, in; see in-2 + rumpere, to break; see reup- in Indo-European roots.]

ir·rup′tion n.


vb (intr)
1. to enter forcibly or suddenly
2. (Biology) (of a plant or animal population) to enter a region suddenly and in very large numbers
3. (of a population) to increase suddenly and greatly
[C19: from Latin irrumpere to rush into, invade, from rumpere to break, burst]
irˈruption n



1. to break or burst in suddenly.
2. to manifest violent activity or emotion, as a group of persons.
3. (of animals) to increase suddenly in numbers through a lessening of the number of deaths.
[1850–55; < Latin irrumpere to burst (into), force an entrance =ir- ir-1 + rumpere to burst]
ir•rup′tion, n.
ir•rup′tive, adj.
ir•rup′tive•ly, adv.


Past participle: irrupted
Gerund: irrupting

I irrupt
you irrupt
he/she/it irrupts
we irrupt
you irrupt
they irrupt
I irrupted
you irrupted
he/she/it irrupted
we irrupted
you irrupted
they irrupted
Present Continuous
I am irrupting
you are irrupting
he/she/it is irrupting
we are irrupting
you are irrupting
they are irrupting
Present Perfect
I have irrupted
you have irrupted
he/she/it has irrupted
we have irrupted
you have irrupted
they have irrupted
Past Continuous
I was irrupting
you were irrupting
he/she/it was irrupting
we were irrupting
you were irrupting
they were irrupting
Past Perfect
I had irrupted
you had irrupted
he/she/it had irrupted
we had irrupted
you had irrupted
they had irrupted
I will irrupt
you will irrupt
he/she/it will irrupt
we will irrupt
you will irrupt
they will irrupt
Future Perfect
I will have irrupted
you will have irrupted
he/she/it will have irrupted
we will have irrupted
you will have irrupted
they will have irrupted
Future Continuous
I will be irrupting
you will be irrupting
he/she/it will be irrupting
we will be irrupting
you will be irrupting
they will be irrupting
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been irrupting
you have been irrupting
he/she/it has been irrupting
we have been irrupting
you have been irrupting
they have been irrupting
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been irrupting
you will have been irrupting
he/she/it will have been irrupting
we will have been irrupting
you will have been irrupting
they will have been irrupting
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been irrupting
you had been irrupting
he/she/it had been irrupting
we had been irrupting
you had been irrupting
they had been irrupting
I would irrupt
you would irrupt
he/she/it would irrupt
we would irrupt
you would irrupt
they would irrupt
Past Conditional
I would have irrupted
you would have irrupted
he/she/it would have irrupted
we would have irrupted
you would have irrupted
they would have irrupted
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.irrupt - enter uninvited; "They intruded on our dinner party"; "She irrupted into our sitting room"
break in - intrude on uninvited; "The nosy couple broke in on our conversation"
come in, enter, get in, go in, go into, move into, get into - to come or go into; "the boat entered an area of shallow marshes"
bother - intrude or enter uninvited; "Don't bother the professor while she is grading term papers"
barge in, gate-crash, crash - enter uninvited; informal; "let's crash the party!"
move in on - make intrusive advances towards
2.irrupt - erupt or intensify suddenly; "Unrest erupted in the country"; "Tempers flared at the meeting"; "The crowd irrupted into a burst of patriotism"
deepen, intensify - become more intense; "The debate intensified"; "His dislike for raw fish only deepened in Japan"
3.irrupt - increase rapidly and in an uncontrolled manner; "The population of India is exploding"; "The island's rodent population irrupted"
increase - become bigger or greater in amount; "The amount of work increased"


vieindringen, hereinstürzen; (water also)hereinbrechen
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