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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 ?
They would be obliged to act, and in such a manner as would leave no doubt that they had encroached on the national rights.
It is a picturesque expanse, framed in lofty crags in large strata, encrusted with white salt-- a superb sheet of water, which was formerly of larger extent than now, its shores having encroached with the lapse of time, and thus at once reduced its breadth and increased its depth.
Old John having long encroached a good standard inch, full measure, on the liberty of Joe, and having snipped off a Flemish ell in the matter of the parole, grew so despotic and so great, that his thirst for conquest knew no bounds.
Time and feeding had expanded that once romantic form; the black silk waistcoat had become more and more developed; inch by inch had the gold watch-chain beneath it disappeared from within the range of Tupman's vision; and gradually had the capacious chin encroached upon the borders of the white cravat: but the soul of Tupman had known no change --admiration of the fair sex was still its ruling passion.
The Russians have always a ship of war upon this station, and have already encroached upon the Californian boundaries, by taking possession of the port of Bondago, and fortifying it with several guns.
On the sides of this triangle had recently been constructed a parallelogram of considerable size, which encroached upon the street remorselessly, according to the familiar uses of the building of that period.
Their way lay, for the most part, through the low grounds, and open plains; and except these distant places, and occasionally some men working in the fields, or lounging on the bridges under which they passed, to see them creep along, nothing encroached on their monotonous and secluded track.
Muradpur police station arrested three accused identified as Amir, Nazar and Waris, who had encroached upon roads at Gohadpur.
MANDI BAHAUDDIN -- Local residents of Mandi Bahauddin complained that shopkeepers and vendors have encroached upon the footpaths depriving pedestrians of their right to walk.
Earlier, the apex court had directed the Karachi Development Authority (KDA) director general and chairman of city's district municipal corporations to get 35,000 encroached plots vacated in their respective jurisdictions within two months.
However, first day of the phase 2 only 68 kanal encroached land was retrieved from the occupation of some influential persons.
A number of lawyers have encroached upon the Multipurpose Sports Ground adjacent to the Sector F-8 lower courts and built their chambers.