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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [uh-krohch]
    • /əˈkroʊtʃ/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [uh-krohch]
    • /əˈkroʊtʃ/

Definitions of accroach word

  • verb with object accroach to assume to oneself without right or authority; usurp. 1
  • noun accroach (transitive) To hook, or draw to oneself as with a hook. 1
  • verb accroach (Transitive Verb) To usurp, as jurisdiction or royal prerogatives. 0
  • verb accroach (Intransitive Verb) To encroach. 0

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Origin of accroach

First appearance:

before 1275
One of the 13% oldest English words
1275-1325; Middle English acrochen < Anglo-French a(c)crocher to catch hold of, seize, usurp, Old French: derivative of croc hook, crook1 (< Germanic) with ac- ac-; cf. encroach

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Parts of speech for Accroach


accroach popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 53% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data about 57% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

accroach usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for accroach

verb accroach

  • confiscate — If you confiscate something from someone, you take it away from them, usually as a punishment.
  • presume — to take for granted, assume, or suppose: I presume you're tired after your drive.
  • seize — to take hold of suddenly or forcibly; grasp: to seize a weapon.
  • assume — If you assume that something is true, you imagine that it is true, sometimes wrongly.
  • commandeer — If the armed forces commandeer a vehicle or building owned by someone else, they officially take charge of it so that they can use it.

Antonyms for accroach

verb accroach

  • abstain — If you abstain from something, usually something you want to do, you deliberately do not do it.
  • refuse — to decline to accept (something offered): to refuse an award.
  • reject — to refuse to have, take, recognize, etc.: to reject the offer of a better job.
  • hand over — the terminal, prehensile part of the upper limb in humans and other primates, consisting of the wrist, metacarpal area, fingers, and thumb.
  • give — to present voluntarily and without expecting compensation; bestow: to give a birthday present to someone.

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