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verb [intransitive] encroach pronunciation in American English /ɪnˈkroʊtʃ/
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I/you/we/theyencroach
he/she/itencroaches
present participleencroaching
past tenseencroached
past participleencroached
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  1. 1
    to gradually take something such as power or authority from someone else
    encroach on/upon: The federal government is encroaching on a state issue.
  2. 2
    to cover more land gradually
    encroach on/upon: Housing developments continue to encroach on wildlife habitats.
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  3. 3
    to gradually reduce the amount of time that someone has available to do what they want to do
    encroach on/upon: I didn’t want work to encroach any more on my spare time.

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encroachment

noun [countable/uncountable]
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pluralencroachments

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