Encroach

Definition of Encroach

En`croach´
v. i.1.To enter by gradual steps or by stealth into the possessions or rights of another; to trespass; to intrude; to trench; - commonly with on or upon; as, to encroach on a neighbor; to encroach on the highway.
[imp. & p. p. Encroached ; p. pr. & vb. n. Encroaching.]
No sense, faculty, or member must encroach upon or interfere with the duty and office of another.
- South.
Superstition, . . . a creeping and encroaching evil.
- Hooker.
Exclude the encroaching cattle from thy ground.
- Dryden.
n.1.Encroachment.

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