verb (used without object)
Origin of encroach
Examples from the Web for encroach
In the east, the Chinese army continues periodically to encroach on Indian territory.Farewell to Manmohan Singh, India’s Puppet Prime Minister|Kapil Komireddi|January 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Any attempt to encroach on it, even by an iota, will ultimately lead to our enslavement by a federal tyranny.Gun-Control Foes Misunderstand the Intent of the Second Amendment|Jack Schwartz|December 18, 2012|DAILY BEAST
How does this symbolize constraints on girls and women, and encroach on our right to be simply as we are, at any given moment?Ashley Judd Slaps Media in the Face for Speculation Over Her ‘Puffy’ Appearance|Ashley Judd|April 9, 2012|DAILY BEAST
He got really mad when they started to encroach on his personal life.
You must do nothing to encroach upon another's rights, or to interrupt and disturb your companions in their pursuits.The Teacher|Jacob Abbott
He was suddenly ashamed, humbled, feeling in her love a quality upon which no shameful circumstance could encroach.Fidelity|Susan Glaspell
Evolution—once a mere germ in the mind—was beginning to press, to encroach, to intermeddle with the mind's other furniture.Robert Elsmere|Mrs. Humphry Ward
The clergy attempted to encroach upon the privileges of both.The History of Chivalry|G. P. R. James
Already the sun hung in the zenith, and it was time to begin if the sport were not to encroach upon the dinner hour.The Doomsman|Van Tassel Sutphen
Word Origin for encroach
early 14c., "acquire, get," from Old French encrochier "seize, fasten on, hang on (to), cling (to); hang up, suspend," literally "to catch with a hook," from en- "in" (see en- (1)) + croc "hook," from Old Norse krokr "hook" (see crook). Meaning "seize wrongfully" is from c.1400. Sense of "trespass" is first recorded 1530s. Related: Encroached; encroaches; encroaching.