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Meaning of ENCROACH

Pronunciation:  en'krowch

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [v]  advance beyond the usual limit
  2. [v]  impinge or infringe upon; "This impinges on my rights as an individual"; "This matter entrenches on other domains"
 

ENCROACH is a 8 letter word that starts with E.

 

 Synonyms: entrench, impinge, impinge, infringe, trench
 
 See Also: advance, go on, march on, move on, pass on, progress, take advantage, trespass

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \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.
    
    
  2. \En*croach"\, n.
    Encroachment. [Obs.] --South.
    
    
 
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