encroach
en·croach /in-'krōch/ vi [Anglo-French encrocher, probably alteration of acrocher to catch hold of, seize, usurp, from Old French, from a -, prefix stressing goal + croc hook]: to enter esp. gradually or stealthily into the possessions or rights of another
encroach es on an adjoining property

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

encroach
I verb breach, commit an infraction, enter by stealth, enter upon the domain of another, enter wrongfully, impinge, infiltrate, infringe, ingress wrongfully, interfere, interlope, intrude, intrude illegally, invade, invade unlawfully, invadere, irrupt, make an incursion, make inroads, obtrude, occupare, overstep, penetrate, raid, transgress, trespass, violate II index accroach, border (approach), impinge, impose (intrude), interfere, intervene, intrude, invade, obtrude, overlap, overreach, overstep, trespass, usurp

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006


encroach
v.
To intrude; to gradually advance into someone else’s property or territory.
n.
encroachment

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


encroach
To build a structure in whole or in part on another's real property. This may occur due to incorrect surveys, guesses or miscalculations by builders and or owners when erecting a building, or by deliberate choice. The solutions vary from giving the encroaching party an easement or lease (for a price, usually), or if the structure is small, actually moving it onto the owner's property.
Category: Real Estate & Rental Property

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


encroach
v. To unlawfully gain access to or take the property or possessions of another, particularly by stealth.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

encroach
v.
   to build a structure which is in whole or in part across the property line of another's real property. This may occur due to incorrect surveys, guesses or miscalculations by builders and/or owners when erecting a building. The solutions vary from giving the encroaching party an easement or lease (for a price, usually) for the lifetime of the building, or if the structure is small, actually moving it onto the owner's own property.
   See also: encroachment

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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  • Encroach — En*croach , v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Encroached}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Encroaching}.] [OF. encrochier to perch, prop., to hook, fasten a hook (perh. confused with acrochier, F. accrocher, to hook, get hold of, E. accroach); pref. en (L. in) + F. croc… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • encroach — en‧croach [ɪnˈkrəʊtʆ ǁ ˈkroʊtʆ] verb encroach on/​upon something phrasal verb [transitive] to gradually take more control of someone s rights, property, responsibility etc than you should: • Bureaucratic power has encroached upon the freedom of… …   Financial and business terms

  • encroach — ► VERB 1) (encroach on/upon) gradually intrude on (a person s territory, rights, etc.). 2) advance gradually beyond expected or acceptable limits: the sea has encroached all round the coast. DERIVATIVES encroachment noun. ORIGIN Old French… …   English terms dictionary

  • Encroach — En*croach , n. Encroachment. [Obs.] South. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • encroach — early 14c., acquire, get, from O.Fr. encrochier seize, fasten on, hang on (to), cling (to); hang up, suspend, lit. to catch with a hook, from en in (see EN (Cf. en ) (1)) + croc hook, from O.N. krokr hook (see CROOK (Cf. crook)). Me …   Etymology dictionary

  • encroach — *trespass, entrench, infringe, invade Analogous words: *enter, penetrate, pierce, probe: intrude, butt in, obtrude, interlope: interfere, intervene, interpose …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • encroach — [v] invade another’s property, business appropriate, arrogate, barge in*, butt in*, crash, elbow in*, entrench, horn in*, impinge, infringe, interfere, interpose, intervene, intrude, make inroads*, meddle, muscle in*, overstep, put two cents in* …   New thesaurus

  • encroach — [en krōch′, inkrōch′] vi. [ME encrochen < OFr encrochier, to seize upon, take < en , in + croc, croche, a hook: see CROSIER] 1. to trespass or intrude (on or upon the rights, property, etc. of another), esp. in a gradual or sneaking way 2.… …   English World dictionary

  • encroach — UK [ɪnˈkrəʊtʃ] / US [ɪnˈkroʊtʃ] verb [intransitive] Word forms encroach : present tense I/you/we/they encroach he/she/it encroaches present participle encroaching past tense encroached past participle encroached 1) to gradually take something… …   English dictionary

  • encroach — v. (d; intr.) to encroach on, upon (to encroach on smb. s territory) * * * [ɪn krəʊtʃ] upon (to encroach on smb. s territory) (d; intr.) to encroach on …   Combinatory dictionary

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