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encroach

[en-krohch] /ɛnˈkroʊtʃ/
verb (used without object)
1.
to advance beyond proper, established, or usual limits; make gradual inroads:
A dictatorship of the majority is encroaching on the rights of the individual.
2.
to trespass upon the property, domain, or rights of another, especially stealthily or by gradual advances.
Origin
1275-1325
1275-1325; Middle English encrochen < Anglo-French encrocher, Old French encrochier to catch hold of, seize, equivalent to en- en-1 + -crochier, verbal derivative of croc hook < Germanic; see crooked, crook
Related forms
encroacher, noun
unencroached, adjective
unencroaching, adjective
Synonyms
1, 2. See trespass.
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British Dictionary definitions for un encroached

encroach

/ɪnˈkrəʊtʃ/
verb (intransitive)
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
Derived Forms
encroacher, noun
encroachingly, adverb
encroachment, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French encrochier to seize, literally: fasten upon with hooks, from en-1 + croc hook, of Germanic origin; see crook
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Word Origin and History for un encroached

encroach

v.

early 14c., "acquire, get," from Old French encrochier "seize, fasten on, hang on (to), cling (to); hang up, suspend," literally "to catch with a hook," from en- "in" (see en- (1)) + croc "hook," from Old Norse krokr "hook" (see crook). Meaning "seize wrongfully" is from c.1400. Sense of "trespass" is first recorded 1530s. Related: Encroached; encroaches; encroaching.

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