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

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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 And some opponents argued that the rules were divisive, unnecessary and would infringe on their rights. Emily Alpert Reyes, Los Angeles Times, 29 Sep. 2021 Many attendees believe both solutions proposed by the Utah Department of Transportation would infringe upon the canyon’s beauty. Jordan Miller, The Salt Lake Tribune, 25 Sep. 2021 The suit was filed in June and claims the buffer zone would infringe on the group's First Amendment rights. Mary Ramsey, The Courier-Journal, 14 Sep. 2021 The University of Michigan's Jacobson said the notion of freedom has been twisted in the pandemic by people who don't think they should be required to wear masks or get vaccines because those mandates infringe upon their personal rights. Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, 11 Sep. 2021 Optis Cellular Technology owns several wireless patents and regularly sues companies that infringe on these patents. Jacob Siegal, BGR, 13 July 2021 DeSantis also has signed legislation that, effective July 1, will curb the ability of local governments to issue emergency orders and will allow the governor to invalidate orders that infringe on individual rights or liberties. Christine Sexton, sun-sentinel.com, 16 June 2021 DeSantis also has signed legislation that, effective July 1, will curb the ability of local governments to issue emergency orders and will allow the governor to invalidate orders that infringe on individual rights or liberties. Christine Sexton, orlandosentinel.com, 16 June 2021 Utahns told to be wary of federal legislation that might infringe on rights of individuals. Sara Tabin, The Salt Lake Tribune, 11 June 2021

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/infringe. Accessed 17 Oct. 2021.

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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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