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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Vaccine skeptics say eliminating the religious exemption infringes on their rights as parents. Daniela Altimari, courant.com, "As Connecticut’s immunization levels decline, Gov. Ned Lamont, legislative leaders vow to repeal religious exemption for vaccines," 16 Sep. 2019 It was designed to prevent social democrats from infringing on the logic of capital in Europe. Ashley Smith, Harper's magazine, "Left of Europe," 16 Sep. 2019 And it has been accused of infringing on the rights of the communities living there. Zoe Cormack, Quartz Africa, "Kenya’s huge wind power project might be great for the environment but not for local communities," 3 Sep. 2019 There have been cases in which the religious customs of some building residents have infringed on the rights of their neighbors, including one that was decided by a federal appeals court in April. New York Times, "Is It Kosher for My Condo to Go Kosher?," 31 Aug. 2019 Specifically, the judge invited briefing on the issue of whether compelling arbitration over Leaving Neverland would infringe HBO's constitutional rights. Eriq Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, "Could the Bizarre Legal Fight Over HBO's Michael Jackson Doc Wind Up at the Supreme Court?," 30 Aug. 2019 The group’s Israel agenda tacks slightly to the right, endorsing bills targeting the boycott Israel movement — bills that left-wing Democrats reject as infringing on free speech rights. Ron Kampeas, sun-sentinel.com, "Hadassah banks on bipartisanship in attracting new members," 28 Aug. 2019 But those efforts are also running into trouble from conservatives, who worry about due process and infringing on gun owners’ rights. Laurie Kellman, BostonGlobe.com, "Trump again says he is open to strengthening gun background checks," 21 Aug. 2019 Jail should be reserved for criminals who actually infringe on another person’s rights — and not for people who just really like cats. Katherine Timpf, National Review, "An Ohio Woman Gets Ten Days’ Jail Time for Feeding Stray Cats," 30 July 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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