infringe
verb (infringed; infringing) Etymology: Medieval Latin infringere, from Latin, to break, crush, from in- + frangere to break — more at break Date: 1513 transitive verb 1. to encroach upon in a way that violates law or the rights of another <
infringe a patent
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2. obsolete defeat, frustrate intransitive verb encroach — used with on or upon <
infringe on our rights
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Synonyms: see trespassinfringer noun

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  • Infringe — In*fringe , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Infringed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Infringing}.] [L. infringere; pref. in in + frangere to break. See {Fraction}, and cf. {Infract} .] 1. To break; to violate; to transgress; to neglect to fulfill or obey; as, to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • infringe — in·fringe /in frinj/ vb in·fringed, in·fring·ing [Medieval Latin infringere, from Latin, to break, crush, from in in + frangere to break] vt: to encroach upon in a way that violates law or the rights of another the right of the people to keep and …   Law dictionary

  • infringe — in‧fringe [ɪnˈfrɪndʒ] also infringe on verb [transitive] to do something that is against a law or someone s legal rights: • There was no evidence that Apple s work was infringing Xerox copyrights. • We ll be watching closely to see whether they… …   Financial and business terms

  • infringe — [in frinj′] vt. infringed, infringing [L infringere, to break off, break, impair, violate < in , in + frangere, to BREAK] to break (a law or agreement); fail to observe the terms of; violate SYN. TRESPASS infringe on or infringe upon to break… …   English World dictionary

  • Infringe — In*fringe , v. i. 1. To break, violate, or transgress some contract, rule, or law; to injure; to offend. [1913 Webster] 2. To encroach; to trespass; followed by on or upon; as, to infringe upon the rights of another. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • infringe — meaning ‘to violate (a rule or law)’, has inflected forms infringed, infringing. In current use it is used both transitively (with an object, e.g. The players were penalized for infringing the off side rule) and intransitively followed by on or… …   Modern English usage

  • infringe — (v.) mid 15c., enfrangen, to violate, from L. infringere to damage, break off, break, bruise, from in in (see IN (Cf. in ) (2)) + frangere to break (see FRACTION (Cf. fraction)). Meaning of encroach first recorded c.1760. Related: Infrin …   Etymology dictionary

  • infringe — encroach, entrench, *trespass, invade Analogous words: *intrude, obtrude, butt in, interlope: violate, break, transgress (see corresponding nouns at BREACH) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • infringe — [v] violate borrow, breach, break, contravene, crash, disobey, encroach, entrench, impose, infract, intrude, invade, lift, meddle, obtrude, offend, pirate, presume, steal, transgress, trespass; concepts 192,384 Ant. comply, discharge, obey,… …   New thesaurus

  • infringe — ► VERB 1) violate (a law, agreement, etc.). 2) encroach on (a right or privilege). DERIVATIVES infringement noun infringer noun. ORIGIN Latin infringere, from in into + frangere to break …   English terms dictionary

  • infringe — v. (d; intr.) to infringe on, upon (to infringe on smb. s rights) * * * [ɪn frɪndʒ] upon (to infringe on smb. s rights) (d; intr.) to infringe on …   Combinatory dictionary

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