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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.
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Adj.1.encroaching - gradually intrusive without right or permissionencroaching - gradually intrusive without right or permission; "we moved back from the encroaching tide"; "invasive tourists"; "trespassing hunters"
intrusive - tending to intrude (especially upon privacy); "she felt her presence there was intrusive"
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References in classic literature ?
It will not be denied, that power is of an encroaching nature, and that it ought to be effectually restrained from passing the limits assigned to it.
Will it be sufficient to mark, with precision, the boundaries of these departments, in the constitution of the government, and to trust to these parchment barriers against the encroaching spirit of power?
And what I have been speaking of happened to the Thurians; for the magistrates being elected according to a very high census, it was altered to a lower, and they were subdivided into more courts, but in consequence of the nobles possessing all the land, contrary to law; the state was too much of an oligarchy, which gave them an opportunity of encroaching greatly on the rest of the people; but these, after they had been well inured to war, so far got the better of their guards as to expel every one out of the country who possessed more than he ought.
"You're encroaching on Princess Myakaya's special domain now.
Do not be afraid of my running into any excess, of my encroaching on your privilege of universal good-will.
Karachi -- Khalid Arain, Chairman, Cable Operators Association of Pakistan while talking to media said that they will be developing SOPs for safe installation of TV cable across the city and admitted negligence on the part of some cable operators for hazardously encroaching electricity poles.
Encroaching on KPC, Kenya Revenue and Kenya Power wayleaves is wrong,' Kithinji said.
In January, at least 14 people were arrested for allegedly encroaching on the disputed plot.
Through a separate letter, the civic agency also told the NHA that leaseholders of the latter's land along GT Road were encroaching on the CDA land.
Summary: Kathmandu [India], May 31 (ANI): China is encroaching into Nepal's land through an ongoing road expansion project in Tibet, said Ministry of Agriculture on Friday.
On Saidpur Road Scheme and Asghar Mall Scheme, multiple houses were found to have been built while encroaching on park land.
She was flinging taho, not encroaching in our national territory.