Definition of defy
1 archaic : to challenge to combat
2 : to challenge to do something considered impossible : dare defied us to name a better movie
3 : to confront with assured power of resistance : disregard defy public opinion in trouble for defying a court order
4 : to resist attempts at : withstand the paintings defy classification a decision that defies all logic
Examples of defy in a Sentence
She defied her parents and dropped out of school.
The group has continued to defy all efforts to stop them.
DEFY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of defy for English Language Learners
: to refuse to obey (something or someone)
: to make (something) very difficult or impossible
: to resist or fight (something)
DEFY Defined for Kids
Definition of defy for Students
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up defy? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).