infringe

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From Latin infringere (to break off, break, bruise, weaken, destroy), from in (in) + frangere (to break).

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infringe (third-person singular simple present infringes, present participle infringing, simple past and past participle infringed)

  1. (transitive) Break or violate a treaty, a law, a right etc.
    • 2013 June 8, “Obama goes troll-hunting”, The Economist, volume 407, number 8839, page 55: 
      According to this saga of intellectual-property misanthropy, these creatures [patent trolls] roam the business world, buying up patents and then using them to demand extravagant payouts from companies they accuse of infringing them. Often, their victims pay up rather than face the costs of a legal battle.
  2. (intransitive) Break in or encroach on something.

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(Break or violate a treaty, a law): transgress

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infringe

  1. second-person singular present active imperative of infringō

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infringe

  1. third-person singular (ele and ela, also used with você and others) present indicative of infringir
  2. second-person singular (tu) affirmative imperative of infringir