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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Shares of Indivior sank 3% in Friday trading after a federal appellate court upheld lower court rulings finding that generic makers of the opioid addiction treatment Suboxone did not infringe on a number of Indivior’s patents. Sy Mukherjee, Fortune, "Johnson & Johnson to Test a Pioneering HIV Vaccine: Brainstorm Health," 12 July 2019 The country's official Korean Central News Agency, or KCNA, said Alek Sigley provided photos and other materials to news outlets with critical views toward the North, which the agency said infringed on the country's sovereignty. NBC News, "North Korea accuses freed Australian student of spying, spreading propaganda," 6 July 2019 Aaron Rugh, removed the lead prosecutor and delayed the trial after saying the misconduct infringed on Gallagher’s rights. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Navy SEAL Chief Edward Gallagher is not guilty of murder, was acquitted of most charges," 2 July 2019 JetBlue Airways is asking a judge to block Walmart from calling its new text-message personal-shopping service Jetblack, saying the name infringes on the airline’s trademarks. SFChronicle.com, "Getaround grows; JetBlue sues Walmart; home sales slow," 25 June 2019 New York - JetBlue Airways is asking a judge to block Walmart from calling its new text-message personal-shopping service Jetblack, saying the name infringes on the airline's trademarks. CBS News, "JetBlue sues Walmart for calling a new shopping service Jetblack," 24 June 2019 Adapt sued Teva Pharmaceuticals USA in federal court in New Jersey in 2016, saying Teva’s application to sell a generic version of Adapt’s Narcan nasal-spray treatment for opioid overdoses infringes on the drug’s patent. Erin Arvedlund, Philly.com, "Radnor-based Narcan maker earns shout-out from Trump and surgeon general," 16 Apr. 2018 Well, my plan is somebody who believes, for a start, that a woman’s right to control her own body is a constitutional right, that government and politicians should not infringe on that right. Time Staff, Time, "Here's What the Candidates Said During Thursday's Dramatic Democratic Presidential Debate," 29 June 2019 The rights loophole that allowed MGM to remake the 1988 version of the film only extends to that, the original, and can't infringe on the rest of the still ongoing franchise. Rosie Knight, The Hollywood Reporter, "How 'Child's Play' Sets Up a Sci-Fi Sequel," 22 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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The first known use of infringe was in 1513

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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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