- 1[intransitive] encroach (on/upon something) (disapproving) to begin to affect or use up too much of somebody’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. Gradually the negative feelings encroached into her work.
- 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. the encroaching tide (= that is coming in) Word Origin late Middle English (in the sense ‘obtain unlawfully, seize’; formerly also as incroach): from Old French encrochier
BrE BrE//ɪnˈkrəʊtʃ//; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈkroʊtʃ//(formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they encroach
BrE BrE//ɪnˈkrəʊtʃ//; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈkroʊtʃ//he / she / it encroaches
BrE BrE//ɪnˈkrəʊtʃɪz//; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈkroʊtʃɪz//past simple encroached
BrE BrE//ɪnˈkrəʊtʃt//; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈkroʊtʃt//past participle encroached
BrE BrE//ɪnˈkrəʊtʃt//; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈkroʊtʃt//-ing form encroaching
BrE BrE//ɪnˈkrəʊtʃɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈkroʊtʃɪŋ//