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Definitions of encroach

  1. impinge or infringe upon; "This impinges on my rights as an individual"; "This matter entrenches on other domains" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. advance beyond the usual limit Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. Encroachment. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  4. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. To invade another's rights by stealth; invade the property of another. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  6. To seize on the rights of others: to intrude: to trespass. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  7. ENCROACHER. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  8. ENCROACHINGLY. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  9. To seize gradually on another's right; intrude; trespass. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  10. To trench on another's limits or rights; intrude; makeinroads. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  11. To Intrude, trench upon, or invade; to take possession of by gradual advances; to creep on stealthily and gradually. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  12. To invade rights or possessions of another; to take possession of what belongs to another gradually or by stealth; to pass proper bounds; to intrude. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  13. 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. mso.anu.edu.au
  14. en-kr[=o]ch', v.i. to seize on the rights of others: to intrude: to trespass.--n. ENCROACH'ER.--adv. ENCROACH'INGLY.--n. ENCROACH'MENT, act of encroaching: that which is taken by encroaching. [O. Fr. encrochier, to seize--en-, and croc, a hook.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  15. Intrude usurpingly (on other\'s territory, rights, &c., or abs.). Hence encroachment n. [old French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  16. To make invasions upon the right of another; to advance gradually and by stealth upon that to which one has no right. Complete Dictionary

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