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encroach

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Definition to gradually take another's rights or property
  • The city's expansion is encroaching on the fragile wetlands.
encroaching = gradually taking another's rights or property
  • Broadband providers are encroaching on traditional cable TV market share.
  • encroaching = gradually taking another's rights or property
  • Any space around her was her personal space; just by existing, you were encroaching.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Just Listen
  • encroaching = intruding or taking another's rights or property
  • Encroach, presume, and the game is up.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • encroach = gradually take rights or property that belongs to another
  • You're encroaching on Princess Myakaya's special domain now.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • encroaching = intruding or beginning to take a right that belongs to another
  • About seven miles from downtown Louisville, the community center was surrounded on three sides by potato farms and on the fourth side by encroaching suburbanization.
    W. William Winokur  --  The Perfect Game
  • encroaching = gradually taking land previously used for a different purpose
  • My mother is the surviving half of a blindfold trapeze act, not a fact I think about much even now that she is sightless, the result of encroaching and stubborn cataracts.
    Louise Erdrich  --  The Leap
  • encroaching = gradually taking what previously belonged to another
  • But garages and cotton gins had encroached and obliterated even the august names of that neighborhood; only Miss Emily's house was left, lifting its stubborn and coquettish decay above the cotton wagons and the gasoline pumps-an eyesore among eyesores.
    William Faulkner  --  A Rose for Emily
  • encroached = gradually taken property once used for other purposes
  • Old dreams encroached upon the waking world.
    Cormac McCarthy  --  The Road
  • Federal encroachment on state and municipal law-enforcement statutes.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • Atlanta encroaches, and seems to swallow the little town.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • But this usurper his encroachment proud Stays not on Man; to God his tower intends Siege and defiance: Wretched man!
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • An uncertain movement began among them, in which some encroachment was made.
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • No. Your private life doesn't concern me so long as it doesn't encroach on our business.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest
  • They landed in the charred ruins of Carvahall, and Eragon wandered along streets fringed with encroaching grass and weeds.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Inheritance
  • My uncle has been too good for me to encroach.
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • He draped a blanket over his shoulders and drew it around them, cocooning her against the night and all encroachment.
    Nicholas Evans  --  The Horse Whisperer
  • There are a host of conditions encroaching on me.
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You
  • He strained to see Clary and Jace through the encroaching darkness.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Fallen Angels
  • Private local posts had encroached so far on the Imperial licenses that the two cities shut down their Thurn and Taxis offices.
    Thomas Pynchon  --  The Crying of Lot 49

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