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[in-frinj] /ɪnˈfrɪndʒ/
verb (used with object), infringed, infringing.
to commit a breach or infraction of; violate or transgress:
to infringe a copyright; to infringe a rule.
verb (used without object), infringed, infringing.
to encroach or trespass (usually followed by on or upon):
Don't infringe on his privacy.
Origin of infringe
1525-35; < Latin infringere to break, weaken, equivalent to in- in-2 + -fringere, combining form of frangere to break
Related forms
infringer, noun
uninfringed, adjective
Can be confused
infringe, impinge.
1. break, disobey. 2. poach. See trespass. Unabridged
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(transitive) to violate or break (a law, an agreement, etc)
(intransitive; foll by on or upon) to encroach or trespass
Derived Forms
infringement, noun
infringer, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin infringere to break off, from frangere to break
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Word Origin and History for infringe

mid-15c., enfrangen, "to violate," from Latin infringere "to damage, break off, break, bruise," from in- "in" (see in- (2)) + frangere "to break" (see fraction). Meaning of "encroach" first recorded c.1760. Related: Infringed; infringing.

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