- 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.
encroach definition by Webster's New World
- 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: Middle English encrochen ; from Old French encrochier, to seize upon, take ; from en-, in plush croc, croche, a hook: see crosier
- encroachment noun
encroach definition by American Heritage Dictionary
intransitive verb en·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: Middle English encrochen, to seize illegally, from Old French encrochier, to seize : en-, in; see en-1 + croc, hook (of Germanic origin).
- en·croachˈer noun
encroach - Legal Definition