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Definition of encroach verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    (formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they encroach
    he / she / it encroaches
    past simple encroached
    -ing form encroaching
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  1. 1[intransitive] encroach (on/upon something) (disapproving) to begin to affect or use up too much of someone's time, rights, personal life, etc. I won't encroach on your time any longer. He never allows work to encroach upon his family life.
  2. 2[intransitive] encroach (on/upon something) to slowly begin to cover more and more of an area The growing town soon encroached on the surrounding countryside.
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noun [uncountable, countable] encroachment (on/upon something) the regime's many encroachments on human rights
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