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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Its marvels are its own; the patents cannot be infringed; imitations are not possible.

    Following the Equator, Complete Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • We have our rules and regulations for the game, which must not be infringed.

    Diary of a Pilgrimage Jerome K. Jerome
  • He could not withdraw honourably—no rule had been infringed—yet he loathed the stake for which they struggled.

    Barbara Lynn Emily J. Jenkinson
  • But, hitherto, he had not infringed on the gurly one's other monopolies.

    The House with the Green Shutters George Douglas Brown
  • It was claimed that by choosing such subjects he had infringed the laws of Filial Piety.

British Dictionary definitions for infringed


(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 infringed



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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