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tres•pass /ˈtrɛspəs, -pæs/USA pronunciation
n. [countable]WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
v. [no object]
- Lawan act of illegally entering the home or property of another.
- an offense or sin:Forgive us our trespasses.
tres•pass•er, n. [countable]See -pass-1.
- Lawto commit a trespass.
- to commit an offense;
(tres′pəs, -pas),USA pronunciation n.
- an unlawful act causing injury to the person, property, or rights of another, committed with force or violence, actual or implied.
- a wrongful entry upon the lands of another.
- the action to recover damages for such an injury.
- an encroachment or intrusion.
- an offense, sin, or wrong.
tres ′pass•er, n.
- [Law.]to commit a trespass.
- to encroach on a person's privacy, time, etc.;
infringe (usually fol. by on or upon).
- to commit a transgression or offense;
- Latin trāns- trans-) + passer to pass; (verb, verbal) Middle English trespassen, derivative of the noun, nominal
- Old French, derivative of trespasser, equivalent. to tres- (
- (noun, nominal) Middle English trespas transgression, offense 1250–1300
- 4, 5.See corresponding entry in Unabridged Trespass, encroach, infringe, intrude imply overstepping boundaries and assuming possession of others' property or crowding onto the right of others. To trespass is to pass unlawfully within the boundaries of another's property:Hunters trespass on a farmer's fields.To encroach is to creep, gradually and often stealthily, upon territory, rights, or privileges, so that a footing is imperceptibly established:The sea slowly encroached upon the land.To infringe is to break in upon or invade rights, customs, or the like, by violating or disregarding them:to infringe upon a patent.To intrude is to thrust oneself into the presence of a person or into places or circumstances where one is not welcome:to intrude into a private conversation.
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trespass /ˈtrɛspəs/ vb (intransitive)
- often followed by on or upon: to go or intrude (on the property, privacy, or preserves of another) with no right or permission
- to commit trespass, esp to enter wrongfully upon land belonging to another
- archaic (often followed by against) to sin or transgress
Etymology: 13th Century: from Old French trespas a passage, from trespasser to pass through, from tres- trans- + passer, ultimately from Latin passus a pace1ˈtrespasser n
- any unlawful act committed with force or violence, actual or implied, which causes injury to another person, his property, or his rights
- a wrongful entry upon another's land
- an action to recover damages for such injury or wrongful entry
- an intrusion on another's privacy or preserves
- a sin or offence
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