Encroach - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ɪnˈkroʊtʃ|  American pronunciation of the word encroach
Brit.  |ɪnˈkrəʊtʃ|  British pronunciation of the word encroach


- advance beyond the usual limit (syn: impinge, infringe)
- impinge or infringe upon (syn: entrench, impinge, trench)


The suburbs encroach further into the rural areas each year.

...each year the sea continues to encroach upon the island's beaches...

The sea has been encroaching (up)on the land for years.

Bureaucratic power has encroached upon the freedom of the individual.

The fighting encroached further east.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: encroach
he/she/it: encroaches
present participle: encroaching
past tense: encroached
past participle: encroached
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