encroach[en krōc̸h′, in-]
An urban area encroaching upon the rural landscape.
An example of encroach is when an army moves into another country's space little by little.
- to trespass or intrude (on or upon the rights, property, etc. of another), esp. in a gradual or sneaking way
- to advance beyond the proper, original, or customary limits; make inroads (on or upon)
Origin of encroachMiddle English encrochen ; from Old French encrochier, to seize upon, take ; from en-, in + croc, croche, a hook: see crosier
intransitive verben·croached, en·croach·ing, en·croach·es
- To take another's possessions or rights gradually or stealthily: encroach on a neighbor's land.
- To advance beyond proper or former limits: desert encroaching upon grassland.
- Football To commit encroachment.
Origin of encroachMiddle English encrochen, to seize illegally, from Old French encrochier, to seize : en-, in; see en–1 + croc, hook (of Germanic origin).
(third-person singular simple present encroaches, present participle encroaching, simple past and past participle encroached)
- (rare) Encroachment.
From Old French encrochier (“seize”), from en- + croc (“hook”).
encroach - Legal Definition