- An example of to infringe is breaking a hospital's rule of no smoking on hospital grounds.
- An example of to infringe is to build a fence that extends onto your neighbor's property.
transitive verb-·fringed′, -·fring′ing
Origin of infringeClassical Latin infringere, to break off, break, impair, violate from in-, in + frangere, to break
verbin·fringed, in·fring·ing, in·fring·es
- To transgress or exceed the limits of; violate: infringe a contract; infringe a patent.
- Obsolete To defeat; invalidate.
Origin of infringeLatin īnfringere to destroy in- intensive pref. ; see in- 2. frangere to break ; see bhreg- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present infringes, present participle infringing, simple past and past participle infringed)
- Break or violate a treaty, a law, a right etc.
- (intransitive) Break in or encroach on something.
From Latin infringere (“to break off, break, bruise, weaken, destroy”), from in (“in”) + frangere (“to break”).