disobey

verb dis·obey \ ˌdis-ə-ˈbā , -ō- \
|Updated on: 4 Aug 2018

Definition of disobey

: to fail to obey

disobeyer

noun

Examples of disobey in a Sentence

  1. If you disobey, you will be severely punished.

  2. The soldier disobeyed the general's orders.

  3. He was afraid to disobey his father.

  4. The driver had disobeyed the law.

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Origin and Etymology of disobey

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


DISOBEY Defined for English Language Learners

disobey

Definition of disobey for English Language Learners

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


DISOBEY Defined for Kids

disobey

verb dis·obey \ ˌdis-ə-ˈbā \

Definition of disobey for Students

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


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