encroach[en krōc̸h′, in-]
- To encroach is defined as to move into or invade someone else's space or territory.
An example of encroach is when an army moves into another country's space little by little.
An urban area encroaching upon the rural landscape.
- 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