- To infringe is defined as to violate a law or agreement, or to exceed limits.
- 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.
infringe definition by Webster's New World
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- infringement noun
infringe definition by American Heritage Dictionary
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verb in·fringed, in·fring·ing, in·fring·es verb, transitive
- To transgress or exceed the limits of; violate: infringe a contract; infringe a patent.
- Obsolete To defeat; invalidate.
To encroach on someone or something; engage in trespassing: an increased workload that infringed on his personal life.
Origin: Latin īnfringere, to destroy : in-, intensive pref.; see in-2 + frangere, to break; see bhreg- in Indo-European roots.
- in·fringˈer noun
infringe - Phrases/Idioms
infringe onor infringe upon
to break in on; encroach or trespass on to infringe upon their right to privacy