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encroach

[ en-krohch ]
/ ɛnˈkroʊtʃ /
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verb (used without object)

to advance beyond proper, established, or usual limits; make gradual inroads: A dictatorship of the majority is encroaching on the rights of the individual.
to trespass upon the property, domain, or rights of another, especially stealthily or by gradual advances.

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Origin of encroach

First recorded in 1275–1325; Middle English encrochen, from Anglo-French encrocher,Old French encrochier “to catch hold of, seize,” equivalent to en-en-1 + -crochier, verbal derivative of croc “hook,” from Germanic; see crooked, crook1
1, 2. See trespass.
en·croach·er, nounun·en·croached, adjectiveun·en·croach·ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for encroach

encroach
/ (ɪnˈkrəʊtʃ) /

verb (intr)

(often foll by on or upon) to intrude gradually, stealthily, or insidiously upon the rights, property, etc, of another
to advance beyond the usual or proper limits
encroacher, nounencroachingly, adverbencroachment, noun
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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