[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. infratrochlear nerve,
  2. infraversion,
  3. infrequency,
  4. infrequent,
  5. infrigidation,
  6. infringement,
  7. infula,
  8. infulae,
  9. infundibular,
  10. infundibular stem

Origin of infringe

1525–35; < Latin infringere to break, weaken, equivalent to in- in-2 + -fringere, combining form of frangere to break

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

Can be confusedinfringe impinge Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for infringe


/ (ɪnˈfrɪndʒ) /


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

Word Origin for infringe

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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