[ en-kroh-ching ]
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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

Origin of encroaching


Other words from encroaching

  • un·en·croach·ing, adjective

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