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Meaning of encroach

en•croach

Pronunciation: (en-krōch'), [key]
— v.i.
  1. to advance beyond proper, established, or usual limits; make gradual inroads: A dictatorship of the majority is encroaching on the rights of the individual.
  2. to trespass upon the property, domain, or rights of another, esp. stealthily or by gradual advances.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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