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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Other speakers argued that the measure would infringe on constitutional rights to own or sell guns, and said gun rights advocates should be included in the discussion. Deborah Sullivan Brennan, San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 June 2022 Some board members have wondered if a mental health center would infringe on parents’ rights. Ginny Monk, Hartford Courant, 3 June 2022 Critics and Republican lawmakers raised questions about how the board might infringe on Americans’ free speech and privacy rights. Amanda Seitz, Anchorage Daily News, 20 May 2022 People working to restore salmon populations fear the frogs will infringe on that progress. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 29 Apr. 2022 The ruling Social Democrat party in Sweden has historically been opposed to joining NATO, believing that doing so would infringe upon the country's 200-year policy of military neutrality. Tristan Bove, Fortune, 2 May 2022 Intellectual property rights pertain to products that infringe upon U.S. trademarks, copyrights and patents. Bradford Betz, Fox News, 26 Apr. 2022 Your Coins Act limits the government’s ability to infringe an individual’s property rights and privacy. Tomas J. Philipson, National Review, 14 Mar. 2022 Musk has targeted those policies in the past, in part by implying that Twitter’s content moderation practices infringe on free speech. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 5 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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22 Jun 2022

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“Infringe.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/infringe. Accessed 27 Jun. 2022.

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More Definitions for infringe

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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