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

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 Bibles and other religious texts got a pass after U.S. publishers and Christian groups argued that tariffs would infringe upon the freedom to worship around the globe. Lydia Depillis, ProPublica, "Bibles but Not Textbooks: Trump’s Tariff Exemptions Pick Winners and Losers," 22 Aug. 2019 Tolerance is a two-way street' Opponents argue such nondiscrimination laws would infringe on peoples’ religious beliefs. Andrew Oxford, azcentral, "Arizona lawmakers will try again to ban discrimination against LGBTQ residents," 30 Jan. 2020 Marcel countersued, arguing that Lucky was still infringing on its trademark and violating their settlement. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "The Lucky Brand trademark case at SCOTUS may end in misfortune for all civil litigants," 13 Jan. 2020 Sonos says Google is currently using its technology, infringing on the company's patents, in Google Home Mini speakers and Pixel phones, tablets and laptops. Stephen Gandel, CBS News, "Google speakers are "vacuuming up" users' personal data, Sonos suit says," 7 Jan. 2020 In addition to the five patents outlined in the suit, Sonos says Google infringed on 100 others. Michael Simon, PCWorld, "Sonos lawsuit seeks ban on Google Home and Pixel device sales in U.S.," 7 Jan. 2020 The plaintiffs say the federal government’s energy policies promote and exacerbate climate change and infringe on the youths’ constitutional rights. oregonlive, "Youth climate activists push for trial in landmark suit, say federal documents show continued neglect," 23 Dec. 2019 Allen is suing the state of North Carolina for infringing on his copyrighted imagery of Blackbeard’s shipwreck in newsletters and other materials. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "A Supreme Court piracy case involving Blackbeard proves truth is stranger than fiction," 5 Nov. 2019 Peloton also has been sued by a corporate entity co-owned by prominent New York designer Eric Villency for allegedly infringing on his patent. Stephen Gandel, CBS News, "Peloton's hot IPO prospects: How much is just spin?," 26 Sep. 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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18 Feb 2020

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“Infringe.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/infringe. Accessed 25 Feb. 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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