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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.
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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
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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.
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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
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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"
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encroach

verb intrude, invade, trespass, infringe, usurp, impinge, trench, overstep, make inroads, impose yourself He doesn't like people to encroach on his territory.
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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
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encroach

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

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

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

(inˈkrəutʃ) : enˈcroach on
to advance into; invade. to encroach on someone's land/rights.
enˈcroachment noun
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References in classic literature ?
Those who would establish aristocratical governments are mistaken not only in giving too much power to the rich, but also in deceiving the common people; for at last, instead of an imaginary good, they must feel a real evil, for the encroachments of the rich are more destructive to the state than those of the poor.
We have seen, in all the examples of ancient and modern confederacies, the strongest tendency continually betraying itself in the members, to despoil the general government of its authorities, with a very ineffectual capacity in the latter to defend itself against the encroachments. Although, in most of these examples, the system has been so dissimilar from that under consideration as greatly to weaken any inference concerning the latter from the fate of the former, yet, as the States will retain, under the proposed Constitution, a very extensive portion of active sovereignty, the inference ought not to be wholly disregarded.
Notwithstanding the want of proper sympathy in every instance between the local sovereigns and the people, and the sympathy in some instances between the general sovereign and the latter, it usually happened that the local sovereigns prevailed in the rivalship for encroachments. Had no external dangers enforced internal harmony and subordination, and particularly, had the local sovereigns possessed the affections of the people, the great kingdoms in Europe would at this time consist of as many independent princes as there were formerly feudatory barons.
To these encroachments, time and ignorance, the two great supporters of imposture, gave authority; and thus many rules for good writing have been established, which have not the least foundation in truth or nature; and which commonly serve for no other purpose than to curb and restrain genius, in the same manner as it would have restrained the dancing-master, had the many excellent treatises on that art laid it down as an essential rule that every man must dance in chains.
The army under such circumstances may usefully aid the magistrate to suppress a small faction, or an occasional mob, or insurrection; but it will be unable to enforce encroachments against the united efforts of the great body of the people.
The only things that held their own individuality were the firs--for the fir is the tree of mystery and shadow, and yields never to the encroachments of crude radiance.
The people were tremendously stirred up over its encroachments, but nobody had any remedy to suggest; it was the task of Socialists to teach and organize them, and prepare them for the time when they were to seize the huge machine called the Beef Trust, and use it to produce food for human beings and not to heap up fortunes for a band of pirates.
She saw with maternal complacency all the impertinent encroachments and mischievous tricks to which her cousins submitted.
The tradition was broken, the Brownon estates passed into alien hands and the only Brownons remaining in that place were underground in Oak Hill Cemetery, where, indeed, was a colony of them powerful enough to resist the encroachment of surrounding tribes and hold the best part of the grounds.
He returns to call to a fearful reckoning, those who, during his absence, have done aught that can be construed offence or encroachment upon either the laws of the land or the privileges of the crown.
Most of the encroachments are carried out by the shopkeepers who have extended their businesses by taking over the space in front of their shops, while many others have allowed the vendors to run their businesses outside their shops for a small amount of money.The famed Anarkali Bazaar, located few yards away from the Town Hall, is tainted with bloated shops and stalls, as in a small market area over 30,000 shops have been established.
Syed Saif-ur-Rehman on Tuesday said encroachments on footpaths and other government lands were removed during the anti-encroachment drive.