V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: to gradually go beyond an acceptable limit

Synonyms: invade, intrude, trespass, infringe, take over, interfere, violate

Antonyms: ignore, avoid, pass

Tips: Encroach is derived from the Old French encrochier, which means "seize, hook." Think of gradually seizing, trespassing, or taking over. Encroach is very often used with the word "on." Encroach is synonymous with the word infringe. Infringe comes from the Latin word "to steal" or "break" and can refer more specifically to an encroachment that breaks the law. (i.e: He infringed (encroached, disobeyed) upon my privacy rights.) Encroach is more often used to describe a rude or unseemly invasion of space, time, or privacy.

Usage Examples:

Her mother was always trying to encroach on her life. (interfere with, intrude, invade)

The building contractors claimed that the new environmental legislation encroaches on their rights. (violates, trespasses)

The neighbor's tree was beginning to encroach onto my property. (trespass, intrude)

All these late hours spent at the office are encroaching on my ability to spend time with my family. (interfering, infringing)

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