verb (used without object)
Origin of encroach
Examples from the Web for encroached
The Obama administration argued that Kirk-Menendez was unnecessarily confrontational and encroached on presidential authority.Iran Nuclear Deal Credit Should Go to Kirk and Menendez, Not Obama|David Frum|September 20, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Despite facing many obstacles, it was encroached only once, when militants invaded and took Dr. Abdi hostage.Angelina Jolie Champions Nobel Peace Prize Nominee, Dr. Hawa Abdi|Kara Cutruzzula|March 9, 2012|DAILY BEAST
The French soon became jealous, and encroached upon their treaty.
Here a peat-bog has encroached upon a fresh-water lake and has covered a mud bottom strewn with shells of pond-snails and mussels.The New Stone Age in Northern Europe|John M. Tyler
They would be obliged to act, and in such manner as would leave no doubt that they had encroached on the national rights.Thirty Years' View (Vol. I of 2)|Thomas Hart Benton
By this procedure Falsehood every hour encroached upon the world, and extended her empire through all climes and regions.
Of course, nothing can be done openly, because Englishmen make such a fuss when their liberties are encroached upon.Jennie Baxter, Journalist|Robert Barr
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.