advancing beyond proper, accepted, or usual limits; making gradual inroads into or onto something: We cleared out the encroaching weeds along the edge of the driveway and trimmed the plantain trees.
trespassing on the property, domain, or rights of another, especially stealthily or gradually: The hill forts in the British Isles were probably built by the native Britons to defend themselves against encroaching enemy tribes.
- un·en·croach·ing, adjective
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How to use encroaching in a sentence
Yet even with that information in hand, the report’s unidentified author expressed concern that the FBI might be encroaching on free speech rights.FBI report warned of ‘war’ at Capitol, contradicting claims there was no indication of looming violence | Devlin Barrett, Matt Zapotosky | January 12, 2021 | Washington Post
If we allow the principle of digital sovereignty to encroach further, cloud service providers will be bound by national interests, and consumers will bear significant costs.The balkanization of the cloud is bad for everyone | Amy Nordrum | December 17, 2020 | MIT Technology Review
I began to miss rural Pennsylvania as the pandemic encroached into summer.
The flexibility did carry an occasional side effect of home life encroaching on the working world, and vice versa, often providing a uniquely 2020 kind of amusement.‘Call of Duty’ voice actors spent the summer on video calls like the rest of us | Mike Hume | November 11, 2020 | Washington Post
The timing of the regulatory changes proposed by Beijing was a statement unto itself, since it encroached on Singles Day, the ultimate showcase of Alibaba’s sway.Nov. 11 is Alibaba’s biggest day of the year. Beijing rained on the parade | eamonbarrett | November 11, 2020 | Fortune
The parallels Hong Kong readers find between the encroaching Titans and China have made it a huge success there.This Author Kills More Darlings Than George R.R. Martin | David Levesley | September 24, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
“Scorched earth,” historically, means destroying land to deprive the encroaching enemy of its use.Israel Creates ‘No Man’s Land’ in Gaza, Shrinking Strip by 40 Percent | Jesse Rosenfeld | July 28, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
“I realized these rude people were encroaching upon my personal life—my own fault, mind you—for opening the door,” he said.
When he falls in love with human Grace, he must fight the encroaching winter and the change it will bring.
Or will this encroaching uneasiness with Obama stay limited to this one snapshot in time in this one Southern state?
Mr. Campbell smiled and said, "she is encroaching on your goodness already, Madam, and would bring all my family with her."The Adopted Daughter | Elizabeth Sandham
encroaching upon functions of subordinates prohibited; orders to be definite.Manual of Military Training | James A. Moss
The dense shadows as yet unconquered by the encroaching whiteness gave the Campagna the aspect of a desert.The conquest of Rome | Matilde Serao
Islam has neither intention nor design of encroaching upon the spiritual preserves of Christendom.Islam Her Moral And Spiritual Value | Arthur Glyn Leonard
In no long time after this the town was wholly absorbed by the encroaching waters.