dis·obey | \ˌdis-ə-ˈbā, -ō-\

Definition of disobey 

transitive verb

: to fail to obey

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Other Words from disobey

disobeyer noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for disobey


defy, mock, rebel (against)


comply (with), conform (to), follow, mind, obey

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Examples of disobey in a Sentence

If you disobey, you will be severely punished. The soldier disobeyed the general's orders. He was afraid to disobey his father. The driver had disobeyed the law.
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Lampy, like so many of the people Farouk encounters, is disobeying the trees. Margot Livesey, BostonGlobe.com, "Braiding lives of a Syrian refugee, a failed 23-year-old, and elderly accountant," 13 July 2018 Isaias Solis-Rumbo, 27, 1800 block of Nottingham Drive, Aurora, was charged with drunken driving, improper lane usage and disobeying a stop sign following a traffic stop at 1:26 a.m. Friday near East Street and Claim Street, Aurora police said. Erika Wurst, Aurora Beacon-News, "Police: Aurora man charged with motor vehicle theft," 6 July 2018 Malta is investigating whether the Lifeline's crew disobeyed any orders in rescue the migrants. Fox News, "Spanish rescue boat saves 60 migrants off Libyan coast," 30 June 2018 And when they were caught disobeying rules, they would be chained up and called the devil. Paloma Esquivel, latimes.com, "Judge hears teen's 911 call in alleged abuse of siblings: 'My two little sisters right now are chained up'," 21 June 2018 Massachusetts State Police pursued a man on Route 140 late Saturday night who made threats with a gun and disobeyed police before ultimately turning the weapon on himself in New Bedford, officials said. Andrew Grant, BostonGlobe.com, "State Police pursue man on Route 140 after he made threats with a gun," 6 May 2018 The intended murder squad was thus reduced to eight or nine who, when Yurovsky gave the order to open fire, launched into a frenzy of wildly inaccurate shooting, several of them disobeying instructions and shooting Nicholas first. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Inside the Romanov Family's Final Days," 1 July 2018 But a conservative Court of Appeals panel could rogue and decide to disobey Roe and Casey. Dylan Matthews, Vox, "America under Brett Kavanaugh," 11 July 2018 Vandervalk was cited for disobeying a traffic control signal. Rafael Guerrero, Naperville Sun, "2 seriously hurt in Saturday night motorcycle crash, Naperville police say," 3 July 2018

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First Known Use of disobey

14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for disobey

Middle English, from Anglo-French desobeir, from des- dis- + obeir to obey

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The first known use of disobey was in the 14th century

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English Language Learners Definition of disobey

: to not do what someone or something with authority tells you to do : to refuse or fail to obey rules, laws, etc.


dis·obey | \ˌdis-ə-ˈbā \
disobeyed; disobeying

Kids Definition of disobey

: to refuse or fail to behave as told or taught He disobeyed his parents.

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