verb (used with object), in·fringed, in·fring·ing.
- to commit a breach or infraction of; violate or transgress: to infringe a copyright; to infringe a rule.
verb (used without object), in·fringed, in·fring·ing.
- to encroach or trespass (usually followed by on or upon): Don’t infringe on his privacy.
- (tr) to violate or break (a law, an agreement, etc)
- (intr; foll by on or upon) to encroach or trespass
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.