infringe

[in-frinj]
verb (used with object), infringed, infringing.
1.
to commit a breach or infraction of; violate or transgress: to infringe a copyright; to infringe a rule.
verb (used without object), infringed, infringing.
2.
to encroach or trespass (usually followed by on or upon ): Don't infringe on his privacy.

Origin:
1525–35; < Latin infringere to break, weaken, equivalent to in- in-2 + -fringere, combining form of frangere to break

infringer, noun
uninfringed, adjective

infringe, impinge.


1. break, disobey. 2. poach. See trespass.
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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]
 
in'fringement
 
n
 
in'fringer
 
n

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infringe
mid-15c., from L. infringere "to damage, break off," from in- "in" + frangere "to break" (see fraction). Meaning of "encroach" first recorded c.1760.
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Example sentences
Packed tightly together, the penguins pecked at neighbors that infringed upon
  their territory.
She too claims her right to a family life has been infringed.
Every one of them is extensively on record: the people's right to keep and bear
  arms shall not be infringed.
The record companies sued, believing that people who copied songs onto media
  players infringed their copyrights.
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