What does infringe mean?

Definitions for infringeɪnˈfrɪndʒ

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word infringe.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. conflict, run afoul, infringe, contravene(verb)

    go against, as of rules and laws

    "He ran afoul of the law"; "This behavior conflicts with our rules"

  2. encroach, infringe, impinge(verb)

    advance beyond the usual limit


  1. infringe(Verb)

    Break or violate a treaty, a law, a right etc.

  2. infringe(Verb)

    Break in or encroach on something.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Infringe(verb)

    to break; to violate; to transgress; to neglect to fulfill or obey; as, to infringe a law or contract

  2. Infringe(verb)

    to hinder; to destroy; as, to infringe efficacy; to infringe delight or power

  3. Infringe(verb)

    to break, violate, or transgress some contract, rule, or law; to injure; to offend

  4. Infringe(verb)

    to encroach; to trespass; -- followed by on or upon; as, to infringe upon the rights of another

  5. Origin: [L. infringere; pref. in- in + frangere to break. See Fraction, and cf. Infract .]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Infringe

    in-frinj′, v.t. to violate, esp. law: to neglect to obey.—n. Infringe′ment, breach: violation: non-fulfilment. [L. infringĕrein, in, frangĕre.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of infringe in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of infringe in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Press Secretary Josh Earnest:

    There are some common sense things that would have a tangible impact on reducing gun violence, congress could take those steps that would not infringe upon the constitutional rights of all law-abiding Americans.

  2. Samuel Adams:

    That the said Constitution shall never be construed to authorize Congress to infringe the just liberty of the press or the rights of conscience or to prevent the people of the United states who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms...

  3. Ben Carson:

    It is absolutely vital that we do all we can to allow Americans to practice their religious ways, while simultaneously ensuring that no one's beliefs infringe upon those of others. We should also serve as champions of freedom of religion throughout the world.

  4. Brian Wilson:

    There's kids who need homes. There's people who want to give it to them and they're turning them away, if they were to turn around and deny our right to foster a child because we had a Bible or Koran, they'd be screaming from the heavens, 'How dare somebody infringe upon somebody's First Amendment rights?'.

  5. President Barack Obama:

    If, in fact, we defend the legal right of a person to insult another's religion, we're equally obligated to use our free speech to condemn such insults and stand shoulder-to-shoulder with religious communities, particularly religious minorities who are the targets of such attacks, to infringe on one right under the pretext of protecting another is a betrayal of both.

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