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encroach

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verb en·croach \in-ˈkrōch, en-\

Simple Definition of encroach

  • : to gradually move or go into an area that is beyond the usual or desired limits

  • : to gradually take or begin to use or affect something that belongs to someone else or that someone else is using

Full Definition of encroach

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to enter by gradual steps or by stealth into the possessions or rights of another

  3. 2 :  to advance beyond the usual or proper limits <the gradually encroaching sea>

en·croach·er noun
en·croach·ment play \-ˈkrōch-mənt\ noun

Examples of encroach

  1. The suburbs encroach further into the rural areas each year.

  2. <each year the sea continues to encroach upon the island's beaches>



Origin of encroach

Middle English encrochen to get, seize, from Anglo-French encrocher, from en- + croc, croche hook — more at crochet


First Known Use: 1528

Synonym Discussion of encroach

trespass, encroach, infringe, invade mean to make inroads upon the property, territory, or rights of another. trespass implies an unwarranted or unlawful intrusion <hunters trespassing on farmland>. encroach suggests gradual or stealthy entrance upon another's territory or usurpation of another's rights or possessions <the encroaching settlers displacing the native peoples>. infringe implies an encroachment clearly violating a right or prerogative <infringing a copyright>. invade implies a hostile and injurious entry into the territory or sphere of another <accused of invading their privacy>.

Rhymes with encroach



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