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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)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of infringe

infringed

infringing

  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>

infringer

noun

Examples of infringe in a sentence

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

  2. Her rights must not be infringed.



Origin and Etymology 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


INFRINGE Defined for Kids

infringe

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verb in·fringe \in-ˈfrinj\

Definition of infringe for Students

infringed

infringing

  1. 1 :  to fail to obey or act in agreement with :  violate <infringe a law>

  2. 2 :  to go further than is right or fair to another :  encroach

infringement

\-mənt\ noun



Law Dictionary

infringe

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verb in·fringe \in-ˈfrinj\

Legal Definition of infringe

infringed

infringing

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to encroach upon in a way that violates law or the rights of another <the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringedU.S. Constitution amend. II>; especially :  to violate a holder's rights under (a copyright, patent, trademark, or trade name)
  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  encroach

infringer

noun


Origin and Etymology of infringe

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



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