encroached

past tense of encroach
as in crept
to advance gradually beyond the usual or desirable limits each year the sea continues to encroach upon the island's beaches

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“Encroached.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/encroached. Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

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