encroach encroach  /ɪn ˈkroʊtʃ/


  1. (v) impinge or infringe upon
  2. (v) advance beyond the usual limit

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  1. This non-compete agreement encroaches on my right to livelihood.
  2. Petty shops had encroached the sidewalk and the result was that the pedestrians were forced to walk on the road.
  3. The ordinance was bad in law as it encroached on the powers of the executive.


  1. Project seeks permission to occupy parking and sidewalk for two years

    The developers behind an infill project that will soon take over a downtown Aspen corner are asking the city for permission to eat up half a block of parking and encroach onto the street for approximately two years. read more
    on June 17, 2013     Source: Aspen Daily News

  2. Before Midnight shows how love can sweeten over time

    Richard Linklater's Before Sunrise (1995) and Before Sunset (2004) became touchstones of modern romantic cinema by capturing the optimism of people in their 20s and the regrets that begin to encroach in their 30s. Intercontinental lovers Celine (Julie Delpy) and Jesse (Ethan Hawke) meet on a train in the first film and reunite during a book tour in the second.
    on June 15, 2013     Source: Isthmus

  3. Douglas County opens doors to evacuated horses

    Local equestrian organizations and volunteers are taking in horses displaced by a wildfire that continues to encroach on Douglas County.
    on June 13, 2013     Source: Parker Chronicle


  1. But Bruce said: "In my opinion we were robbed. It is a joke that we have not come away from this match with something. The referee got the first booking for Valencia wrong. The Liverpool player took the kick, and Valencia did not encroach towards it...
    on Oct 18, 2008 By: Steve Bruce Source: Sportinglife.com

  2. "Russia initiated the end of the former Soviet Union. If it wasn't for Russia, the USSR would still exist...... We have no wish or grounds to encroach on the sovereignty of former Soviet republics," Putin said at a Valdai Discussion Club meeting...
    on Sep 11, 2008 By: Vladimir Putin Source: Xinhua

  3. "It's about diminishing the free-enterprise system," said Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX) of the reforms. "It's about creating larger government that will encroach upon every single one of us and ultimately crush us."
    on Jul 1, 2010 By: Pete Sessions Source: Think Progress

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