Definitions

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

  • 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.
  • transitive v. To break; to violate; to transgress; to neglect to fulfill or obey.
  • transitive v. To hinder; to destroy

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

Etymologies

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)

Examples

  • With high court approval, the federal government has taken on broad powers, including some that states complain infringe on their authority.

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  • This is not to suggest that Thaler and Sunstein infringe — to the contrary.

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  • However, car manufacturer Toyota has weighed in saying those other terms infringe on their right to use "Integrated Electric Drive" for their Prius hybrid electric car.

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  • BBC NEWS | Have Your Say | Hunting with dogs: Your views: I am disgusted at this decision by the government, to once again infringe on the rights of the people of the countryside!

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  • June 8th, 2009 at 12: 34 am lets actually discuss this word infringe a bit here. it skinda like INVADE, the fact is that once again we are left with the fact we are NOT invading your rights.

    ‘Let your customers infringe trolls’ patents’

  • June 8th, 2009 at 12:34 am lets actually discuss this word infringe a bit here.

    ‘Let your customers infringe trolls’ patents’

  • According to i4i, XML-editing features in Microsoft Word infringe on

    Ars Technica

  • According to i4i, XML-related features of Microsoft Word infringe one of its patents.

    Ars Technica

  • However, because the definition of "infringe" allows for regulation, the states could still pass regulations that do not "infringe" on the right to bear arms.

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  • Multiply that by each work in a service provider's library that a personal computer, a software program, or a DVR might be claimed to "infringe" and you are into the tens of billions of dollars.

    Gary Shapiro: Copyright Needs Limits, As It Restricts Innovation

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