infringe

verb
in·​fringe | \in-ˈfrinj \
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 upon infringe on our rights

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infringer noun

Choose the Right Synonym for 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

Examples of infringe in a Sentence

They claim that his use of the name infringes their copyright. Her rights must not be infringed.

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Add to that the higher price tag of a plane ticket and people may feel entitled to lash out against people who infringe on their comfort. Aditi Shrikant, Vox, "Why there are so many viral confrontations on airplanes," 2 Nov. 2018 The union says that the new policy, which the league imposed without consultation with the NFLPA, is inconsistent with the collective bargaining agreement and infringes on players' rights. CBS News, "NFL players union files grievance over new national anthem policy," 10 July 2018 In a statement, federal health officials said the final set of exemptions fulfill a directive from President Trump to root out government rules that infringe on religious freedom. Michelle Hackman, WSJ, "HHS to Let Some Employers Opt Out of Birth-Control Mandate," 7 Nov. 2018 Amazon and Microsoft Amazon employees wrote a letter protesting the company’s sale of facial-recognition technology to law enforcement agencies, noting the software can make errors and infringe on privacy and due process rights. Joseph Menn, The Christian Science Monitor, "Silicon Valley employees increasingly push companies on ethics," 13 July 2018 There have been a series of incidents in recent years in which people have alleged some of these officers infringed on their civil rights. Talia Richman, baltimoresun.com, "A 'special police officer' shot a Baltimore man. What is that?," 11 July 2018 The country’s top courts could rule such decrees unconstitutional if they are found to infringe on fundamental rights, but under the new system, the president will exercise expanded control of the judiciary as well. Umar Farooq, latimes.com, "Could Turkey's president be in trouble? He faces a stiff challenge in Sunday's election," 23 June 2018 Instead, the court said plaintiffs must prove that their personal voting rights were infringed by the way challenged maps covering 99 Assembly districts were drawn. Scott Bauer And Gary D. Robertson, The Christian Science Monitor, "Supreme Court: gerrymandering arguments must prove harm to voters," 19 June 2018 The questions from lawmakers come amid a broader scrutiny from Capitol Hill into how the underlying, everyday practices of technology companies may infringe on Americans' privacy. Washington Post, latimes.com, "Lawmakers press Apple and Google on how they track and listen to smartphone users," 9 July 2018

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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

verb

English Language Learners 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)

infringe

verb
in·​fringe | \in-ˈfrinj \
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 \
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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