Encroach

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Encroach Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    encroach v
  1. advance beyond the usual limit [syn: infringe, impinge]
  2. impinge or infringe upon; "This impinges on my rights as an individual"; "This matter entrenches on other domains" [syn: impinge, entrench, trench]
Encroach Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Encroach \En*croach"\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Encroached; p. pr. & vb. n. Encroaching.] [OF. encrochier to perch, prop., to hook, fasten a hook (perh. confused with acrochier, F. accrocher, to hook, get hold of, E. accroach); pref. en- (L. in) + F. croc hook. See Crook, and cf. Accroach.] To enter by gradual steps or by stealth into the possessions or rights of another; to trespass; to intrude; to trench; -- commonly with on or upon; as, to encroach on a neighbor; to encroach on the highway. No sense, faculty, or member must encroach upon or interfere with the duty and office of another. --South. Superstition, . . . a creeping and encroaching evil. --Hooker. Exclude the encroaching cattle from thy ground. --Dryden. Syn: To intrude; trench; infringe; invade; trespass.
Encroach Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Encroach \En*croach"\, n. Encroachment. [Obs.] --South.

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  • Encroachment: Encroachment is a term which implies "advance beyond proper limits," and may have different interpretations depending on the context. ...

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