encroach


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en·croach

 (ĕn-krōch′)
intr.v. en·croached, en·croach·ing, en·croach·es
1. To take another's possessions or rights gradually or stealthily: encroach on a neighbor's land.
2. To advance beyond proper or former limits: desert encroaching upon grassland.
3. Football To commit encroachment.

[Middle English encrochen, to seize illegally, from Old French encrochier, to seize : en-, in; see en-1 + croc, hook (of Germanic origin).]

en·croach′er n.

encroach

(ɪnˈkrəʊtʃ)
vb (intr)
1. (often foll by: on or upon) to intrude gradually, stealthily, or insidiously upon the rights, property, etc, of another
2. to advance beyond the usual or proper limits
[C14: from Old French encrochier to seize, literally: fasten upon with hooks, from en-1 + croc hook, of Germanic origin; see crook]
enˈcroacher n
enˈcroachingly adv
enˈcroachment n

en•croach

(ɛnˈkroʊtʃ)

v.i.
1. to advance beyond established or proper limits; make gradual inroads.
2. to trespass upon the property, domain, or rights of another, esp. gradually or stealthily.
[1275–1325; Middle English < Anglo-French encrocher, Old French encrochier to catch hold of, seize =en- en-1 + -crochier, v. derivative of croc hook < Germanic]
en•croach′er, n.
en•croach′ment, n.
syn: See trespass.

encroach


Past participle: encroached
Gerund: encroaching

Imperative
encroach
encroach
Present
I encroach
you encroach
he/she/it encroaches
we encroach
you encroach
they encroach
Preterite
I encroached
you encroached
he/she/it encroached
we encroached
you encroached
they encroached
Present Continuous
I am encroaching
you are encroaching
he/she/it is encroaching
we are encroaching
you are encroaching
they are encroaching
Present Perfect
I have encroached
you have encroached
he/she/it has encroached
we have encroached
you have encroached
they have encroached
Past Continuous
I was encroaching
you were encroaching
he/she/it was encroaching
we were encroaching
you were encroaching
they were encroaching
Past Perfect
I had encroached
you had encroached
he/she/it had encroached
we had encroached
you had encroached
they had encroached
Future
I will encroach
you will encroach
he/she/it will encroach
we will encroach
you will encroach
they will encroach
Future Perfect
I will have encroached
you will have encroached
he/she/it will have encroached
we will have encroached
you will have encroached
they will have encroached
Future Continuous
I will be encroaching
you will be encroaching
he/she/it will be encroaching
we will be encroaching
you will be encroaching
they will be encroaching
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been encroaching
you have been encroaching
he/she/it has been encroaching
we have been encroaching
you have been encroaching
they have been encroaching
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been encroaching
you will have been encroaching
he/she/it will have been encroaching
we will have been encroaching
you will have been encroaching
they will have been encroaching
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been encroaching
you had been encroaching
he/she/it had been encroaching
we had been encroaching
you had been encroaching
they had been encroaching
Conditional
I would encroach
you would encroach
he/she/it would encroach
we would encroach
you would encroach
they would encroach
Past Conditional
I would have encroached
you would have encroached
he/she/it would have encroached
we would have encroached
you would have encroached
they would have encroached
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.encroach - advance beyond the usual limit
advance, march on, move on, progress, pass on, go on - move forward, also in the metaphorical sense; "Time marches on"
2.encroach - impinge or infringe upon; "This impinges on my rights as an individual"; "This matter entrenches on other domains"
take advantage, trespass - make excessive use of; "You are taking advantage of my good will!"; "She is trespassing upon my privacy"

encroach

verb intrude, invade, trespass, infringe, usurp, impinge, trench, overstep, make inroads, impose yourself He doesn't like people to encroach on his territory.
Translations
يَتَعَدّى
gøre indgreb i
seilast inn á
brovimasiskėsinimasiskėsintis
aizskartielauzties
zasiahnuť

encroach

[ɪnˈkrəʊtʃ] VIavanzar
to encroach (up)on [+ time] → quitar; [+ rights] → usurpar; [+ land] (of neighbour) → invadir, traspasar los límites de; [+ land] (by sea) → hurtar, invadir; [+ someone's subject] → invadir

encroach

[ɪnˈkrəʊtʃ] vi
to encroach on, to encroach upon [+ territory, land] → empiéter sur; [+ rights] → empiéter sur

encroach

vi to encroach (up)on (land)vordringen in (+acc); sphere, rightseingreifen in (+acc); privilegesübergreifen auf (+acc); timein Anspruch nehmen

encroach

[ɪnˈkrəʊtʃ] vi to encroach (up)on (rights) → usurpare; (land, of neighbour) → sconfinare in; (subj, sea, land) → avanzare sopra; (time) → abusare di

encroach

(inˈkrəutʃ) : enˈcroach on
to advance into; invade. to encroach on someone's land/rights.
enˈcroachment noun
References in classic literature ?
Paul, where we all did use to go to touch the ancient chains that bound him and be cured of our distempers; I see the tomb of the disciple Luke, and afar off is the church wherein repose the ashes of the holy John, where the Christians of Ephesus go twice a year to gather the dust from the tomb, which is able to make bodies whole again that are corrupted by disease, and cleanse the soul from sin; but see how the wharves encroach upon the sea, and what multitudes of ships are anchored in the bay; see, also, how the city hath stretched abroad, far over the valley behind Pion, and even unto the walls of Ayassalook; and lo, all the hills are white with palaces and ribbed with colonnades of marble.
Mugambi built a fire and cooked his portion of the kill; but Tarzan, Sheeta, and Akut tore theirs, raw, with their sharp teeth, growling among themselves when one ventured to encroach upon the share of another.
The lesson served its purpose--the young apes kept out of his way, as young apes should when their betters were about, and the old bulls made no attempt to encroach upon his prerogatives.
The need for oxygen could not have been so urgent that he must desert the usual means of supply and encroach upon the time of those who are really busier than himself.
I emerged from a nightmare dream of crystal springs and swollen rivers to listen to this night-drinker that I feared might encroach upon what was mine.
After the foregoing discussion, which ought to have been much amplified, we may, I think, assume that the modified descendants of any one species will succeed by so much the better as they become more diversified in structure, and are thus enabled to encroach on places occupied by other beings.