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English definition of “encroach on/upon sth”

encroach on/upon sth

phrasal verb with encroach     /ɪnˈkrəʊtʃ/ US  /-ˈkroʊtʃ/ verb
to gradually take away someone else's rights , or to take control of someone's time , work , etc.: What the government is proposing encroaches on the rights of individuals . I resent it that my job is starting to encroach on my family life .Controlling and being in charge to gradually cover more and more of an area of land : They have promised that the development will not encroach on public land .Spreading and scattering
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