infringe

verb

in·​fringe in-ˈfrinj How to pronounce infringe (audio)
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
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.
Recent Examples on the Web Last month, the group hit Spotify with a cease-and-desist over allegations that the streaming giant is infringing on their members’ musical works through lyrics, music videos, and podcasts on the platform. Ethan Millman, Rolling Stone, 12 June 2024 The decision lands amid a larger legal debate over where states can ban firearms, following a 2022 ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court that laws infringing on the 2nd Amendment are legitimate only if they are deeply rooted in American history and tradition. Kevin Rector, Los Angeles Times, 11 June 2024 Under its policies, Meta doesn’t proactively ban content that infringes on others’ copyright or trademark rights and only takes down content after someone reports a violation—while sometimes preserving the account. Rachel Ventresca, Fortune, 7 June 2024 To be fair, some of those infringing laws derive from heartfelt beliefs about the nature of life and dangers to it. Ed Wallace, New York Daily News, 6 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for infringe 

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

1513, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of infringe was in 1513

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Cite this Entry

“Infringe.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/infringe. Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

infringe

verb
in·​fringe in-ˈfrinj How to pronounce infringe (audio)
infringed; infringing
1
: to fail to obey or act in agreement with : violate
infringe a treaty
2
: encroach sense 1
infringe on a person's rights
infringement
-mənt
noun
infringer noun

Legal Definition

infringe

verb
in·​fringe in-ˈfrinj How to pronounce infringe (audio)
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 infringedU.S. Constitution amend. II
especially : to violate a holder's rights under (a copyright, patent, trademark, or trade name)
infringer noun
Etymology

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

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