- 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 onor infringe upon
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”).