American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To take another's possessions or rights gradually or stealthily: encroach on a neighbor's land.
- v. To advance beyond proper or former limits: desert encroaching upon grassland.
- v. Football To commit encroachment.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To seize; take; take possession of; get; obtain.
- To enter, intrude, or trespass upon the possessions, jurisdiction, rights, province, domain, or limits of some other person or thing; infringe upon or restrict another's right in any way; specifically, in law, to extend one's possession of land so as to transgress the boundary between it and the rightful possession or enjoyment of another or of the public: with on or upon before the object.
- Figuratively, to intrude gradually; lay hold, as if by stealth or irresistible power: with on or upon before the object: as, old age is encroaching upon me.
- Synonyms Trench upon, infringe upon, etc. (see trespass, v. i.); to invade, violate, creep upon.
- n. The act of encroaching; encroachment.
- v. transitive, obsolete to seize, appropriate
- v. intransitive to intrude unrightfully on someone else's rights or territory
- v. intransitive to advance gradually beyond due limits
- n. rare Encroachment.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. 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
- n. obsolete Encroachment.
- v. impinge or infringe upon
- v. advance beyond the usual limit
- From Old French encrochier ("seize"), from en- + croc ("hook"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English encrochen, to seize illegally, from Old French encrochier, to seize : en-, in; see en-1 + croc, hook (of Germanic origin). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“If you stand in that area, you can now look out across the subdivisions, which are beginning to encroach, which is the explanation for my recommendation to the President that we create a larger protected area.”
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“As the confessional wends its way around the circle and begins to conclude, the girls anxiously wipe away their tears, and take up their obstinance once again as thoughts of their parents waiting outside the door begin to encroach upon the fragile intimacy of the classroom.”
“Protester Vipida Thaisawat says Cambodia is using the world heritage status to encroach on Thai land.”
““I only hope that the German Army will melt away as rapidly as my alleged force of ninety agents in Mexico melts under investigation,” Donovan wrote FDR in a long memo rebutting the charge, adding, “You should know me well enough to know that I do adhere strictly to my orders and make no attempt to encroach upon the jurisdiction of anyone else.””
“The Consent Decree itself attempts to ensure that competitors can continue to use ITA software on equitable terms; it is more important to ask if competitors will even be able to exist, with or without access to ITA software, if Google is permitted to encroach through vertical integration into the competitors' lines of business.”
“And there's nothing that I will do as president of the United States that will in any way encroach on the ability of sportsmen to continue that tradition.”
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