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violate

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verb vi·o·late \ˈvī-ə-ˌlāt\

Simple Definition of violate

  • : 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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of violate

violated

violating

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  break, disregard <violate the law>

  3. 2 :  to do harm to the person or especially the chastity of; specifically :  rape 2

  4. 3 :  to fail to show proper respect for :  profane <violate a shrine>

  5. 4 :  interrupt, disturb <violate the peace of a spring evening — Nancy Larter>

violative

play \-ˌlā-tiv\ adjective

violator

play \-ˌlā-tər\ noun

Examples of violate in a sentence

  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 and Etymology 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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violate

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adjective vi·o·late \ˈvī-ə-lət\

Definition of violate

archaic

  1. :  subjected to violation



15th Century

First Known Use of violate

15th century



VIOLATE Defined for Kids

violate

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verb vi·o·late \ˈvī-ə-ˌlāt\

Definition of violate for Students

violated

violating

  1. 1 :  to fail to keep :  break <Students who violate the rules are punished.>

  2. 2 :  to treat in a very disrespectful way <Vandals violated the shrine.>

  3. 3 :  disturb 1 <Don't violate their privacy.>

violator

\-ˌlā-tər\ noun



Law Dictionary

violate

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transitive verb vi·o·late \ˈvī-ə-ˌlāt\

Legal Definition of violate

violated

violating

  1. :  to go against (as a prohibition or principle) :  fail to observe or respect <violate a law> <civil rights were violated> <violate due process>

violation

\ˌvī-ə-ˈlā-shən\ play noun

violative

\ˈvī-ə-ˌlā-tiv\ play adjective

violator

\ˈvī-ə-ˌlā-tər\ play noun




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