infringe

[ in-frinj ]
/ ɪnˈfrɪndʒ /

verb (used with object), in·fringed, in·fring·ing.

to commit a breach or infraction of; violate or transgress: to infringe a copyright; to infringe a rule.

verb (used without object), in·fringed, in·fring·ing.

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

OTHER WORDS FROM infringe

in·fring·er, nounun·in·fringed, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH infringe

infringe impinge
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British Dictionary definitions for infringe

infringe
/ (ɪnˈfrɪndʒ) /

verb

(tr) to violate or break (a law, an agreement, etc)
(intr; foll by on or upon) to encroach or trespass

Derived forms of infringe

infringement, nouninfringer, noun

Word Origin for infringe

C16: from Latin infringere to break off, from frangere to break
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