verb vi·o·late \ˈvī-ə-ˌlāt\

: to do something that is not allowed by (a law, rule, etc.)

: to take away, interfere with, or ignore (something, such as a person's rights or privacy) in an unfair or illegal way

: to abuse or show disrespect for (something, such as a holy place) usually by damaging it


Full Definition of VIOLATE

transitive verb
:  break, disregard <violate the law>
:  to do harm to the person or especially the chastity of; specifically :  rape 2
:  to fail to show proper respect for :  profane <violate a shrine>
:  interrupt, disturb <violate the peace of a spring evening — Nancy Larter>
vi·o·la·tive \-ˌlā-tiv\ adjective
vi·o·la·tor \-ˌlā-tər\ noun

Examples of VIOLATE

  1. He was arrested for violating his parole.
  2. The company violated its customers' privacy.
  3. She was attacked and violated by an unknown intruder.

Origin of VIOLATE

Middle English, from Latin violatus, past participle of violare, from viol- (as in violentus violent)
First Known Use: 15th century

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adjective vi·o·late \ˈvī-ə-lət\

Definition of VIOLATE

:  subjected to violation

First Known Use of VIOLATE

15th century
VIOLATE Defined for Kids


verb vi·o·late \ˈvī-ə-ˌlāt\

Definition of VIOLATE for Kids

:  to fail to keep :  break <Students who violate the rules are punished.>
:  to treat in a very disrespectful way <Vandals violated the shrine.>
:  disturb 1 <Don't violate their privacy.>
vi·o·la·tor \-ˌlā-tər\ noun


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