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 upon infringe on our rights

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Other Words from infringe

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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The gathering was the latest in a series of protests against the oil company’s Line 3 replacement project, which activists say poses a threat to the environment and infringes on Native American treaty rights. Jordan Shearer, Twin Cities, "Line 3 protesters rally at Minnesota Enbridge office," 19 Aug. 2019 That followed a 2017 ruling in which the court said a 71-year-old trademark law barring disparaging terms infringed on free speech rights. Washington Post, "DOVER, Del. — Illegal Pete’s is now legal in Delaware.," 2 Aug. 2019 However, Gibbins believes society has forces infringing on basic right and wrong, and journalists need to work together to produce the truth. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Photojournalist welcomes new experiences," 10 July 2019 The students claim the agency’s actions infringed on their religious beliefs. USA TODAY, "Women in baseball, Lynyrd Skynyrd, circus fire: News from around our 50 states," 1 July 2019 Saban was asked about the letter sent last week that claimed Alabama's show infringed on the trademark and copyright of James' show. Michael Casagrande, AL.com, "LeBron James responds to Nick Saban, says lawyers will handle dispute," 3 Apr. 2018 But those efforts are also running into trouble from conservatives, who worry about due process and infringing on gun owners' rights. NBC News, "Hundreds of mayors urge Senate to return for gun bill vote," 8 Aug. 2019 But those efforts are also running into trouble from conservatives, who worry about due process and infringing on gun owners' rights. CBS News, "Over 200 mayors push Senate leaders to return to Washington to act on gun reform," 8 Aug. 2019 But LaFleur, by heterosexualizing the Buttigiegs based on their appearance, regressively polices their behavior and infringes on this right. Charles Dunst, The New Republic, "No, the Buttigiegs Are Not Straight," 18 June 2019

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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.)
: 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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