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)). Meaning "seize wrongfully" is from c.1400. Sense of "trespass" is first recorded 1530s. Related: Encroached; encroaches; encroaching.

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