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infringe

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verb in·fringe \in-ˈfrinj\

Simple Definition of infringe

  • : to do something that does not obey or follow (a rule, law, etc.) ( chiefly US )

  • : to wrongly limit or restrict (something, such as another person's rights)

Full Definition of infringe

in·fringedin·fring·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to encroach upon in a way that violates law or the rights of another <infringe a patent>

  3. 2 obsolete :  defeat, frustrate

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  encroach —used with on or upon <infringe on our rights>

in·fring·er noun

Examples of infringe

  1. They claim that his use of the name infringes their copyright.

  2. Her rights must not be infringed.



Origin of infringe

Medieval Latin infringere, from Latin, to break, crush, from in- + frangere to break — more at break


First Known Use: 1513

Synonym Discussion of infringe

trespass, encroach, infringe, invade mean to make inroads upon the property, territory, or rights of another. trespass implies an unwarranted or unlawful intrusion <hunters trespassing on farmland>. encroach suggests gradual or stealthy entrance upon another's territory or usurpation of another's rights or possessions <the encroaching settlers displacing the native peoples>. infringe implies an encroachment clearly violating a right or prerogative <infringing a copyright>. invade implies a hostile and injurious entry into the territory or sphere of another <accused of invading their privacy>.

Rhymes with infringe



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