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[in-frinj] /ɪnˈfrɪndʒ/
verb (used with object), infringed, infringing.
to commit a breach or infraction of; violate or transgress:
to infringe a copyright; to infringe a rule.
verb (used without object), infringed, infringing.
to encroach or trespass (usually followed by on or upon):
Don't infringe on his privacy.
1525-35; < Latin infringere to break, weaken, equivalent to in- in-2 + -fringere, combining form of frangere to break
Related forms
infringer, noun
uninfringed, adjective
Can be confused
infringe, impinge.
1. break, disobey. 2. poach. See trespass. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for infringing
  • The difficulty is figuring out what to do about it without infringing on free publication.
  • Websites deemed to be hosting the infringing content may not even be given notice that they are going to be blocked.
  • We still see legitimate ads being placed on illegal sites dedicated to offering infringing movies or music.
  • No, that would have been infringing on a sacrosanct area.
  • If you could do so without infringing on any of the other nine amendments, sure.
  • Redistribution features can cause users to share infringing downloads unintentionally.
British Dictionary definitions for infringing


(transitive) to violate or break (a law, an agreement, etc)
(intransitive; foll by on or upon) to encroach or trespass
Derived Forms
infringement, noun
infringer, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin infringere to break off, from frangere to break
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Word Origin and History for infringing



mid-15c., enfrangen, "to violate," from Latin infringere "to damage, break off, break, bruise," from in- "in" (see in- (2)) + frangere "to break" (see fraction). Meaning of "encroach" first recorded c.1760. Related: Infringed; infringing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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