- (transitive) To exceed or overstep some limit or boundary.
- (transitive) To act in violation of some law.
- 1667, John Milton, “Book 3”, in Paradise Lost. A Poem Written in Ten Books, London: […] [Samuel Simmons], […], OCLC 228722708; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: […], London: Basil Montagu Pickering […], 1873, OCLC 230729554:
- For man will hearken to his glozing lies, / And easily transgress the sole command.
- (intransitive, construed with against) To commit an offense; to sin.
- c. 1608–1611, Francis Beaumont; John Fletcher, “The Maid’s Tragedy”, in Comedies and Tragedies […], London: […] Humphrey Robinson, […], and for Humphrey Moseley […], published 1679, OCLC 3083972, (please specify the act number in uppercase Roman numerals, and the scene number in lowercase Roman numerals):
- Why give you peace to this untemperate beast / That hath so long transgressed you?
- (intransitive, of the sea) To spread over land along a shoreline; to inundate.
to exceed or overstep some limit or boundary
to act in violation of some law