infringe

verb in·fringe \ in-ˈfrinj \
Updated on: 18 Nov 2017

Definition of infringe

infringed; infringing
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 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.

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Origin and Etymology of infringe

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

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

INFRINGE Defined for English Language Learners

infringe

verb

Definition of infringe for English Language Learners

  • : 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)


INFRINGE Defined for Kids

infringe

verb in·fringe \ in-ˈfrinj \

Definition of infringe for Students

infringed; infringing
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

infringement

\-mənt\ noun

Law Dictionary

infringe

verb in·fringe \ in-ˈfrinj \

legal Definition of infringe

infringed; infringing
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 infringed
  • U.S. Constitution amend. II
; especially : to violate a holder's rights under (a copyright, patent, trademark, or trade name)
intransitive verb

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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