Encroach meaning

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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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To trespass or intrude (on or upon the rights, property, etc. of another), esp. in a gradual or sneaking way.
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(intransitive) To intrude unrightfully on someone else's rights or territory.
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To take another's possessions or rights gradually or stealthily.

Encroach on a neighbor's land.

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To advance beyond proper or former limits.

Desert encroaching upon grassland.

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To commit encroachment.
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To advance beyond the proper, original, or customary limits; make inroads (on or upon)
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To unlawfully gain access to or take the property or possessions of another, particularly by stealth.
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(intransitive) To advance gradually beyond due limits.
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(rare) Encroachment.
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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