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  • accroach — ac*croach ([a^]k*kr[=o]ch ), v. t. [OE. acrochen, accrochen, to obtain, OF. acrochier, F. accrocher; [ a] (L. ad) + croc hook (E. crook).] 1. To hook, or draw to one s self as with a hook. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] 2. To usurp, as jurisdiction or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • accroach — I verb appropriate, arrogate, assume, break bounds, encroach, impose upon, infringe, interlope, intrude, invade, obtrude, overstep, presume on, take over, transgress, trespass, usurp II index annex (arrogate), assume (seize) …   Law dictionary

  • accroach — əˈkrōch, aˈ transitive verb ( ed/ ing/ es) Etymology: Middle English acrochen to draw, acquire, from Middle French acrochier, from a (from Latin ad ) + crochier to hook, get hold of, from croc hook, of Germanic origin; akin to Old Norse krōkr… …   Useful english dictionary

  • accroach — accroachment, n. /euh krohch /, v.t. to assume to oneself without right or authority; usurp. [1275 1325; ME acrochen < AF a(c)crocher to catch hold of, seize, usurp, OF: deriv. of croc hook, CROOK1 ( < Gmc) with ac AC ; cf. ENCROACH] * * * …   Universalium

  • accroach — verb /əˈkrəʊtʃ/ a) To hook, or draw to oneself as with a hook. b) To usurp, as jurisdiction or royal prerogatives …   Wiktionary

  • accroach — Synonyms and related words: adopt, annex, appropriate, arrogate, assume, colonize, commandeer, confiscate, conquer, encroach, enslave, expropriate, hog, indent, infringe, invade, jump a claim, make free with, make use of, monopolize, occupy,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • accroach — v. take without authority, steal, usurp …   English contemporary dictionary

  • accroach — ac·croach …   English syllables

  • accroach — To encroach; to exercise power without authority …   Black's law dictionary

  • accroach — An obsolete term for encroach particularly encroaching upon the authority of another. See 4 Bl Comm 75 …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • Encroach — En*croach , v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Encroached}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Encroaching}.] [OF. encrochier to perch, prop., to hook, fasten a hook (perh. confused with acrochier, F. accrocher, to hook, get hold of, E. accroach); pref. en (L. in) + F. croc… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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