Definition of encroach in English:

encroach

verb

[NO OBJECT]usually encroach on/upon
  • 1 Intrude on (a person's territory, rights, personal life, etc.):

    ‘rather than encroach on his privacy she might have kept to her room’
    • ‘During times of increased rainfall, the sea exceeded its natural boundaries and encroached on land.’
    • ‘The theory is that traditional bricks and mortar banks will suffer a loss of customers and revenues as internet banks encroach on their territory.’
    • ‘Huge towers grew into the sky, as the countryside gradually encroached on the city outskirts.’
    • ‘The maps also show us some areas that are still wild, but being rapidly encroached upon by human activities.’
    • ‘Of course, the powerful have always encroached on the sovereignty of others.’
    • ‘They rang up and more or less told us not to encroach on their territory.’
    • ‘Illegal shops and businesses are encroaching on public land and locals are fighting each other over customers.’
    • ‘I lean across the table, encroaching on his space.’
    • ‘He felt like he had encroached on her personal territory enough for one day.’
    • ‘Providing you are not encroaching on their space, they are pretty placid animals.’
    • ‘Maybe she felt like we were encroaching upon her territory, who knows.’
    • ‘Maybe your cat is insecure, but maybe there really is another cat encroaching on his turf.’
    • ‘Right or wrong, I think the public perception is that these measures collectively encroach on American civil liberties.’
    • ‘Increased tourist flow may increase conflict with tigers and encroach on their habitat.’
    • ‘It seemed to be the perfect place to sit and study people without encroaching on their personal space.’
    • ‘Personal media, in a variety of forms, will increasingly encroach on mass media.’
    • ‘Where people encroach on wolf habitat, road traffic accidents and shooting are increasing problems.’
    • ‘If you went out the guest bedroom window you saw the forest that was slowly encroaching on our backyard.’
    intrude, trespass, impinge, butt in, barge in, cut in, obtrude, impose oneself
    invade, infiltrate, interrupt, infringe, violate, interfere with, disturb, disrupt
    tread on someone's toes, step on someone's toes
    gatecrash, horn in on, muscle in on, invade someone's space
    entrench on
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    1. 1.1 Advance gradually beyond usual or acceptable limits:
      ‘the sea has encroached all round the coast’
      • ‘They are encroaching into the space reserved for the buses.’
      • ‘Soil erosion is increasing, mud slides are occurring more often and the desert is encroaching increasingly.’
      • ‘Surrounded by trees, with vegetation encroaching down its banks, this clear, languid pool is more of a pond.’
      • ‘As industrialization encroached, and communications and entertainment became more instantaneous, private, and personal, communities began to lose cohesion.’
      • ‘Gradually strings encroach, playing at a different tempo and seemingly to a different tune.’
      • ‘I shrugged and threw a rock into the slowly encroaching darkness.’
      • ‘The wet patches gradually shrink, the bubbles subside, the dryness steadily encroaches.’
      • ‘As with so much of ancient Britain, however, the theme-park disease is encroaching.’
      • ‘There's something quite magical about autumnal afternoons with the curtains open and the twilight encroaching.’
      • ‘Humanity is being squeezed between deserts expanding outward and rising seas encroaching inward.’
      • ‘The disease came on gradually, it encroached steadily.’
      • ‘Two of the Western Isles were so battered by ferocious storms this January that the Atlantic Ocean has encroached more than ever.’
      • ‘Council was addressing an application made for approval of a retaining wall that encroaches onto the boulevard.’
      • ‘Sand seems to be encroaching at every turn despite government-erected barriers.’
      • ‘His bass is strident without encroaching, but never drives the rhythm; rather, it reacts to it.’

Origin

Late Middle English (in the sense ‘obtain unlawfully, seize’; formerly also as incroach): from Old French encrochier seize, fasten upon, from en- in, on + crochier (from croc hook, from Old Norse krókr).

Pronunciation:

encroach

/ɪnˈkrəʊtʃ/