Definition of infringe verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    infringe

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ɪnˈfrɪndʒ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈfrɪndʒ//
     
    (formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they infringe
    BrE BrE//ɪnˈfrɪndʒ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈfrɪndʒ//
     
    he / she / it infringes
    BrE BrE//ɪnˈfrɪndʒɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈfrɪndʒɪz//
     
    past simple infringed
    BrE BrE//ɪnˈfrɪndʒd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈfrɪndʒd//
     
    past participle infringed
    BrE BrE//ɪnˈfrɪndʒd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈfrɪndʒd//
     
    -ing form infringing
    BrE BrE//ɪnˈfrɪndʒɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈfrɪndʒɪŋ//
     
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  1. 1[transitive] infringe something (of an action, a plan, etc.) to break a law or rule The material can be copied without infringing copyright. Two of the projects are deemed to infringe EU legislation. See related entries: Justice
  2. 2[transitive, intransitive] to limit somebody’s legal rights infringe something They said that compulsory identity cards would infringe civil liberties. infringe on/upon something She refused to answer questions that infringed on her private affairs.
  3. Word Origin mid 16th cent.: from Latin infringere, from in- ‘into’ + frangere ‘to break’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: infringe