Encroach Definition

ĕn-krōch
encroached, encroaches, encroaching
verb
encroached, encroaches, encroaching
To trespass or intrude (on or upon the rights, property, etc. of another), esp. in a gradual or sneaking way.
Webster's New World
To advance beyond the proper, original, or customary limits; make inroads (on or upon)
Webster's New World
To commit encroachment.
American Heritage
To unlawfully gain access to or take the property or possessions of another, particularly by stealth.
Webster's New World Law
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.
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noun

(rare) Encroachment.

Wiktionary

Origin of Encroach

  • Middle English encrochen to seize illegally from Old French encrochier to seize en- in en–1 croc hook (of Germanic origin)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French encrochier (“seize”), from en- + croc (“hook”).

    From Wiktionary

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