from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To transgress or exceed the limits of; violate: infringe a contract; infringe a patent.
- transitive v. Obsolete To defeat; invalidate.
- intransitive v. To encroach on someone or something; engage in trespassing: an increased workload that infringed on his personal life.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. Break or violate a treaty, a law, a right etc.
- v. Break in or encroach on something.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To break; to violate; to transgress; to neglect to fulfill or obey.
- transitive v. To hinder; to destroy
- intransitive v. To break, violate, or transgress some contract, rule, or law; to injure; to offend.
- intransitive v. To encroach; to trespass; -- followed by on or upon.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To commit a breach or infraction of; act contrary to, as a law, right, or obligation; transgress, either by action or by negligence; violate; break.
- To annul or hinder.
- To encroach; trespass; intrude: followed by on or upon: as, to infringe upon one's rights.
- Synonyms Encroach upon, Trench upon, etc. See trespass, v. i.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. go against, as of rules and laws
- v. advance beyond the usual limit
Latin īnfringere, to destroy : in-, intensive pref.; see in-2 + frangere, to break; see bhreg- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin infringere ("to break off, break, bruise, weaken, destroy"), from in ("in") + frangere ("to break"). (Wiktionary)