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infringe

[ in-frinj ]

verb (used with object)

, in·fringed, in·fring·ing.
  1. to commit a breach or infraction of; violate or transgress:

    to infringe a copyright; to infringe a rule.

    Synonyms: disobey, break



verb (used without object)

, in·fringed, in·fring·ing.
  1. to encroach or trespass (usually followed by on or upon ):

    Don't infringe on his privacy.

    Synonyms: poach

infringe

/ ɪnˈfrɪndʒ /

verb

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


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Derived Forms

  • inˈfringer, noun
  • inˈfringement, noun

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Other Words From

  • in·fring·er noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of infringe1

First recorded in 1525–35; from Latin infringere “to break, weaken,” equivalent to in- in- 2 + -fringere, combining form of frangere “to break”; akin to break

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Word History and Origins

Origin of infringe1

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

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Example Sentences

The behavior of people who won’t get the vaccine is infringing on our liberties.

Because it seems not a week goes by without another company launching a new product or service to infringe on their turf, claiming heightened agility, superior technology, better value or just finer instincts to serve media solutions to clients.

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In four lawsuits filed last week, the Colorado-based shoe manufacturer claims that knockoffs are infringing on the “iconic design” of its $50 clog, widely recognized for its clunky shape and ventilation holes.

Fiercely protective of the pattern on its toothpaste, they wrote letters to rivals who, they felt, were infringing on their copyright.

While that data can provide brands crucial insights into consumer habits, experts say brands need to be careful that they don’t infringe on customers’ privacy.

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The election is on Tuesday and Freeman is rightfully concerned that his political views might infringe upon her chances.

New York, Maryland, and Connecticut have passed reforms that do not infringe upon the right to bear arms.

Because this pragmatic nationalism should not at all infringe on their rights to live in safety and dignity.

Is it ethical to step outside the law for the greater good, or to infringe civil liberties as a means to an end?

If it didn't infringe on NBC's copyright, ABC should have called the show "The Biggest Loser."

In Havana, as throughout Cuba, there is a cigar etiquette, to infringe any of the rules of which is construed as an insult.

Thus there are certain fundamental liberties, which not even a democracy may legitimately infringe.

They infringe the second article; which says, that the citizens of the State have a right to hold and possess property.

Hence they do not steadily conform to their primitive laws; and even, those of their own instituting they frequently infringe.

The king was as good as his word, and did not spare the estate of the church, but dared not infringe its privileges.

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