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in·fringe

 (ĭn-frĭnj′)
v. in·fringed, in·fring·ing, in·fring·es
v.tr.
1. To transgress or exceed the limits of; violate: infringe a contract; infringe a patent.
2. Obsolete To defeat; invalidate.
v.intr.
To encroach on someone or something; engage in trespassing: an increased workload that infringed on his personal life.

[Latin īnfringere, to destroy : in-, intensive pref.; see in-2 + frangere, to break; see bhreg- in Indo-European roots.]

in·fring′er n.

infringe

(ɪnˈfrɪndʒ)
vb
1. (tr) to violate or break (a law, an agreement, etc)
2. (intr; foll by on or upon) to encroach or trespass
[C16: from Latin infringere to break off, from frangere to break]
inˈfringement n
inˈfringer n

in•fringe

(ɪnˈfrɪndʒ)

v. -fringed, -fring•ing. v.t.
1. to commit a breach or infraction of; violate or transgress: to infringe a copyright.
v.i.
2. to encroach or trespass (usu. fol. by on or upon): to infringe on someone's privacy.
[1525–35; < Latin infringere to break, weaken =in- in-2 + frangere to break]
in•fring′er, n.
syn: See trespass.
impinge, infringe - To impinge is to come into contact or encroach or have an impact; to infringe is to encroach on a right or privilege or to violate.
See also related terms for impact.

infringe


Past participle: infringed
Gerund: infringing

Imperative
infringe
infringe
Present
I infringe
you infringe
he/she/it infringes
we infringe
you infringe
they infringe
Preterite
I infringed
you infringed
he/she/it infringed
we infringed
you infringed
they infringed
Present Continuous
I am infringing
you are infringing
he/she/it is infringing
we are infringing
you are infringing
they are infringing
Present Perfect
I have infringed
you have infringed
he/she/it has infringed
we have infringed
you have infringed
they have infringed
Past Continuous
I was infringing
you were infringing
he/she/it was infringing
we were infringing
you were infringing
they were infringing
Past Perfect
I had infringed
you had infringed
he/she/it had infringed
we had infringed
you had infringed
they had infringed
Future
I will infringe
you will infringe
he/she/it will infringe
we will infringe
you will infringe
they will infringe
Future Perfect
I will have infringed
you will have infringed
he/she/it will have infringed
we will have infringed
you will have infringed
they will have infringed
Future Continuous
I will be infringing
you will be infringing
he/she/it will be infringing
we will be infringing
you will be infringing
they will be infringing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been infringing
you have been infringing
he/she/it has been infringing
we have been infringing
you have been infringing
they have been infringing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been infringing
you will have been infringing
he/she/it will have been infringing
we will have been infringing
you will have been infringing
they will have been infringing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been infringing
you had been infringing
he/she/it had been infringing
we had been infringing
you had been infringing
they had been infringing
Conditional
I would infringe
you would infringe
he/she/it would infringe
we would infringe
you would infringe
they would infringe
Past Conditional
I would have infringed
you would have infringed
he/she/it would have infringed
we would have infringed
you would have infringed
they would have infringed
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.infringe - go against, as of rules and laws; "He ran afoul of the law"; "This behavior conflicts with our rules"
breach, infract, transgress, violate, go against, offend, break - act in disregard of laws, rules, contracts, or promises; "offend all laws of humanity"; "violate the basic laws or human civilization"; "break a law"; "break a promise"
2.infringe - advance beyond the usual limit
advance, march on, move on, progress, pass on, go on - move forward, also in the metaphorical sense; "Time marches on"

infringe

verb break, violate, contravene, disobey, transgress The film exploited his image and infringed his copyright.
infringe on or upon something intrude on, compromise, undermine, limit, weaken, diminish, disrupt, curb, encroach on, trespass on It's starting to infringe on our personal liberties.

infringe

verb
To fail to fulfill (a promise) or conform to (a regulation):
Translations
يَخْرِقُ، يُخالِف
porušitpřekročit
krænkeovertræde
brjóta í bága viî
ierobežotpārkāpt
çiğnemekkarşı gelmek

infringe

[ɪnˈfrɪndʒ]
A. VT [+ law, rights, copyright] → infringir, violar
B. VI to infringe (up)on [+ sb's rights, interests, privacy] → violar

infringe

[ɪnˈfrɪndʒ]
vt [+ rules, regulations] → enfreindre; [+ rights] → enfreindre; [+ copyright] → enfreindre
They took us to court for infringing copyright laws → Ils nous ont poursuivis pour infraction au copyright.
vi
to infringe on [+ rights] → porter atteinte à
to infringe on sb's freedom → porter atteinte à la liberté de qn
to infringe on sb's privacy → porter atteinte à la vie privée de qn

infringe

vtverstoßen gegen; law alsoverletzen, übertreten; copyright alsoverletzen; rightsverletzen, eingreifen in (+acc)
vi to infringe (up)on somebody’s rightsin jds Rechte (acc)eingreifen, jds Rechte verletzen

infringe

[ɪnˈfrɪndʒ]
1. vt (law) → infrangere, violare; (rights, copyright) → violare
2. vi (encroach) to infringe on or upon (rights) → violare; (privacy) → invadere

infringe

(inˈfrindʒ) verb
to break (a law etc) or interfere with (a person's freedom or rights).
inˈfringement noun
References in classic literature ?
How is it some observers fail to see that these noble creatures, obliged by the sternness of their own principles never to infringe on conjugal fidelity, must naturally desire a husband of wider practical experience than their own?
The Russian government had made representations to that of the United States of these malpractices on the part of its citizens, and urged to have this traffic in arms prohibited; but, as it did not infringe any municipal law, our government could not interfere.
Then, beyond the Grand, beyond the Petit-Châtelet, a first circle of walls and towers began to infringe upon the country on the two sides of the Seine.
Beware of making any distinctions which may infringe equality.
Yet in spite of the precautions they take to keep this hour for private intimacies and affections, a good many great and little people manage to infringe upon it.
I will therefore once more sign a treaty of peace with you, and see that you do not infringe it on your side; at least, as you are so excellent a politician, I may expect you will keep your leagues, like the French, till your interest calls upon you to break them.
His hotel bill, losses at billiards and cards to Captain Crawley had almost drained the young man's purse, which wanted replenishing before he set out on his travels, and he had no resource but to infringe upon the two thousand pounds which the attorneys were commissioned to pay over to him.
The memorandum-book begins with the well-known words saying that `the management of the Opera shall give to the performance of the National Academy of Music the splendor that becomes the first lyric stage in France' and ends with Clause 98, which says that the privilege can be withdrawn if the manager infringes the conditions stipulated in the memorandum-book.
Universal Studios case that providers of a product or service that could be used to infringe copyright protections weren't liable so long as their product or service also had "substantial noninfringing uses," the Supreme Court found that Grokster and StreamCast--makers of the Morpheus file-sharing service--profited from promotion of their products as allowing illegal file-sharing, and that the firms didn't take reasonable steps to reduce infringing uses.