infringe

verb
in·​fringe | \ in-ˈfrinj How to pronounce infringe (audio) \
infringed; infringing

Definition of infringe

transitive verb

1 : to encroach upon in a way that violates law or the rights of another infringe a patent
2 obsolete : defeat, frustrate

intransitive verb

: encroach used with on or uponinfringe on our rights

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Other Words from infringe

infringer noun

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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

Examples of infringe in a Sentence

They claim that his use of the name infringes their copyright. Her rights must not be infringed.
Recent Examples on the Web The suit was initially filed by a group of churches who claimed Brown's stay-at-home order was unconstitutional for infringing on a citizen's right to worship. NBC News, "Northam to open Virginia Beach in time for holiday weekend," 20 May 2020 Attorney General William Barr said the Justice Department would consider legal action against states that infringe upon constitutional rights of residents. Anthony Leonardi, Washington Examiner, "Justice Department considers legal action against states that 'impinge on' constitutional rights," 21 Apr. 2020 And one who posts the photo is likely liable for infringing the copyright. Jack Greiner, Cincinnati.com, "Strictly Legal: LeBron James faces copyright infringement suit," 8 Apr. 2020 Some Chinese drugmakers are already mass-producing the drug and its ingredients, potentially infringing on Gilead’s control of the therapy. Bloomberg.com, "Gilead’s Drug Leads Global Race for Coronavirus Treatment," 7 May 2020 The lack of in-person hearings has rankled Henry, who believes that social distancing has infringed on a key course of action for property owners. Nick Powell, Houston Chronicle, "Galveston County judge urges Abbott to freeze property values due to coronavirus," 6 May 2020 And for all youse who think wearing a face covering somehow infringes upon your precious rights: Your freedoms do not extend to jeopardizing my health. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, "Doc's Morning Line: Just imagine the urgency in an 81-game MLB season," 6 May 2020 The juries found Wells Fargo willfully infringed on two USAA patents relating to technology that allows users to deposit checks using mobile devices. Patrick Danner, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio’s Frost Bank hit with patent suit by mysterious company," 5 May 2020 In recent weeks, however, criticism has come from residents who contend Beshear is overstepping his authority and infringing on their liberties. Phillip M. Bailey, The Courier-Journal, "Conservative group accuses Andy Beshear of ignoring COVID-19 rules at Governor's Mansion," 4 May 2020

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First Known Use of infringe

1513, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for infringe

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

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“Infringe.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/infringe. Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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More Definitions for infringe

infringe

verb
How to pronounce infringe (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of infringe

: to do something that does not obey or follow (a rule, law, etc.)
: to wrongly limit or restrict (something, such as another person's rights)

infringe

verb
in·​fringe | \ in-ˈfrinj How to pronounce infringe (audio) \
infringed; infringing

Kids Definition of infringe

1 : to fail to obey or act in agreement with : violate infringe a law
2 : to go further than is right or fair to another : encroach

Other Words from infringe

infringement \ -​mənt \ noun

infringe

verb
in·​fringe | \ in-ˈfrinj How to pronounce infringe (audio) \
infringed; infringing

Legal Definition of infringe

transitive verb

: 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)

Other Words from infringe

infringer noun

History and Etymology for infringe

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

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