Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To transgress or exceed the limits of; violate.
  • intransitive verb Obsolete To defeat; invalidate.
  • intransitive verb To encroach on someone or something; engage in trespassing.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • intransitive verb To break, violate, or transgress some contract, rule, or law; to injure; to offend.
  • intransitive verb To encroach; to trespass; -- followed by on or upon.
  • transitive verb To break; to violate; to transgress; to neglect to fulfill or obey.
  • transitive verb obsolete To hinder; to destroy

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb transitive Break or violate a treaty, a law, a right etc.
  • verb intransitive Break in or encroach on something.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb go against, as of rules and laws
  • verb advance beyond the usual limit

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Latin īnfringere, to destroy : in-, intensive pref.; see in– + frangere, to break; see bhreg- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin infringere ("to break off, break, bruise, weaken, destroy"), from in ("in") + frangere ("to break").

Examples

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

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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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.

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

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

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  • 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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