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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 ?
I am sorry this has happened, but I never allow my rules to be infringed, and I never break my word.
Behind the house there appeared to be a garden, which undoubtedly had once been extensive, but was now infringed upon by other enclosures, or shut in by habitations and outbuildings that stood on another street.
You are angry because Agatha has infringed your monopoly.
Suppose, by some forced constructions of its authority (which, indeed, cannot easily be imagined), the Federal legislature should attempt to vary the law of descent in any State, would it not be evident that, in making such an attempt, it had exceeded its jurisdiction, and infringed upon that of the State?
Must it of necessity be admitted that this power is infringed, so long as a part of the old articles remain?
Then, too, my father is not a person whose orders may be infringed with impunity; protected as he is by his high position and firmly established reputation for talent and unswerving integrity, no one could oppose him; he is all-powerful even with the king; he would crush you at a word.
A well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.
It is true that a subaltern owes respect to his superiors; he is guilty when he deceives himself, and he should be punished if he infringed either the duties or laws of his office.
This was offensive both to the physicians whose exclusive distinction seemed infringed on, and to the surgeon-apothecaries with whom he ranged himself; and only a little while before, they might have counted on having the law on their side against a man who without calling himself a London-made M.
Freedom to roam and run and lie down at will, had been his heritage; and here it was being infringed upon.
Long the decrees of Heaven Delay, for longest time to Him is short; And now, too soon for us, the circling hours This dreaded time have compassed, wherein we Must bide the stroke of that long-threatened wound (At least, if so we can, and by the head Broken be not intended all our power To be infringed, our freedom and our being In this fair empire won of Earth and Air)-- For this ill news I bring: The Woman's Seed, Destined to this, is late of woman born.
The rights of property are infringed in this way almost with impunity in many and many a commune.