|Origin:||encrochier 'to seize', from croche 'hook'|
en‧croach [intransitive always + adverb/preposition]
to gradually take more of someone's time, possessions, rights etc than you should
Bureaucratic power has encroached upon the freedom of the individual.
to gradually cover more and more land
The fighting encroached further east.
—encroachment noun [uncountable and countable]