from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To impose (oneself or one's ideas) on others with undue insistence or without invitation.
- transitive v. To thrust out; push forward.
- intransitive v. To impose oneself on others.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To thrust one's self upon a company or upon attention; to intrude.
- transitive v. To thrust impertinently; to present to a person without warrant or solicitation.
- transitive v. To offer with unreasonable importunity; to urge unduly or against the will.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To thrust prominently forward; especially, to thrust forward with undue prominence or importunity, or without solicitation; force forward or upon any one: often reflexive: as, to obtrude one's self or one's opinions upon a person's notice.
- Synonyms Intrude, Obtrude. See intrude.
- To be thrust or to thrust one's self prominently into notice, especially in an unwelcome manner; intrude.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. thrust oneself in as if by force
- v. push to thrust outward
A mere resumé of the topics discussed in these essays is enough to make the two horns of the dilemma obtrude themselves.
I've decided to use the word "obtrude" more, because I'm reading a book that keeps using the word.
Because alone perhaps among the writers of the genre and the time, Ransome never lets the adult world, viewpoint, superiority obtrude.
“The materialist who is convinced that all phenomena arise from electrons and quanta and the like controlled by mathematical formulae, must presumably hold that his wife is a rather elaborate differential equation; but he is probably tactful enough not to obtrude this opinion in domestic life.”
When I promised myself the pleasure of meeting with you at Clare Hall I undoubtedly meant what I said but who shall say exactly what the obstacles may be that may obtrude themselves between the wish and the accomplishment!
He controlled himself, he knew not why, save that he was possessed by a nebulous awareness that Skipper must be considered as a god should be considered, and that this was no time to obtrude himself on Skipper.
As a general point of order: If you assume people are not qualified to enter into your theological argument, why do you obtrude it into a different discussion?
But for Branch another problem of principle started to obtrude itself at once.
In Heidegger's philosophy, people will resist imperfect equipment, especially when its faults obtrude upon their interactions with the world.
I have experienced obtrude arguments with others that blog on to CNN over this topic...