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 It was never meant to infringe upon the states’ sovereign right to exercise the police power within their jurisdiction. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, "The Constitutional Case Against Trump’s Use of the Department of Homeland Security," 30 July 2020 But Quibi has maintained that the technology does not infringe on Eko’s patent and filed legal documents on March 9 asking the court to issue a declaratory judgement on the subject. Wendy Lee Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Quibi wins round in mobile technology fight with rival," 13 July 2020 Franklin Graham, leader of the Samaritan Purse, an influential evangelical relief group, and an evangelist for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, said the ruling may infringe on the rights of religious groups who oppose LGBTQ rights. Wenei Philimon, USA TODAY, "Supreme Court ruling on LGBTQ discrimination points to faith leaders' divide over gay rights," 23 June 2020 This week's Supreme Court decision intended to protect gay and transgender people from workplace discrimination could infringe upon the exercise of faith, a group of religious colleges has warned. Nicholas Rowan, Washington Examiner, "Religious colleges fear Supreme Court transgender decision will endanger single-sex dorms and women's sports," 18 June 2020 Critics often say mask mandates infringe on their personal freedom. Joel Shannon, USA TODAY, "Some Americans refuse to mask up. Rules, fines and free masks will change that, experts say.," 13 July 2020 Still, the minefields of the world today infringe upon Chapman’s dream. Erin Stone, The Arizona Republic, "'Hey, we're here': Black conservationists claim their space in their field," 10 July 2020 Other congregations have remained defiant in the face of rising infections, saying that state rules limiting service sizes infringe on their constitutional right to worship. Jack Healy, BostonGlobe.com, "Churches were eager to reopen. Now they are a major source of coronavirus cases.," 8 July 2020 During public comments, a resident accused the city of overreaching its authority and attempting to infringe on his freedoms. Teri Webster, Dallas News, "Plano votes to recommend, not enforce use of COVID-19 masks after long, tense meeting," 1 July 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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8 Aug 2020

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“Infringe.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/infringe. Accessed 12 Aug. 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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