dis·​obey | \ ˌdis-ə-ˈbā How to pronounce disobey (audio) , -ō- \
disobeyed; disobeying; disobeys

Definition of disobey

transitive verb

: to fail to obey

Other Words from disobey

disobeyer noun

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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.
Recent Examples on the Web To disobey him was to lose everything, especially the relationships that mattered most. Lindsay Hansen Park, Los Angeles Times, 30 June 2022 His crime was to disobey orders to shut shops early and close hospitals to protesters during demonstrations against the arrest of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, then an outsider to political power. Washington Post, 29 Apr. 2022 No, choosing to disobey the narrator is one of the most fun things to do in both the original Stanley Parable and this new follow-up. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, 27 Apr. 2022 King writes in the caption accompanying the post that he was arrested for mischief, counseling to commit mischief, counseling to commit obstructing a police officer and counseling to disobey court orders. Dom Calicchio, Fox News, 19 Feb. 2022 The city ultimately tossed its challenge, though not before one judge put a temporary restraining order on Catanzara, forbidding him from making public comments encouraging his members to disobey the city’s vaccination rules. Paige Fry, chicagotribune.com, 13 Apr. 2022 Tesla is recalling 54,000 vehicles that may disobey stop signs. Nick Canepa Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 Feb. 2022 Catanzara has put out YouTube videos encouraging officers to disobey the city, predicting that such a mass defiance would deplete the police force by 50%. Jeremy Gorner, chicagotribune.com, 14 Nov. 2021 In public statements and on social media, Catanzara encouraged police to disobey the order. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 3 Dec. 2021 See More

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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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“Disobey.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disobey. Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for disobey


dis·​obey | \ ˌdis-ə-ˈbā How to pronounce disobey (audio) \
disobeyed; disobeying

Kids Definition of disobey

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

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