disobey

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

Definition of disobey

transitive verb

: to fail to obey

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Other Words from disobey

disobeyer noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for disobey

Synonyms

defy, mock, rebel (against)

Antonyms

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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The Trump administration and opposition hope military officials will disobey Mr. Maduro’s orders to block the food and medical supplies from entering, triggering a split that will eventually force him from power. Kejal Vyas, WSJ, "Venezuelan Official Breaks With Maduro," 21 Feb. 2019 In a sneak peak for the new episode of Blue Bloods, Danny Reagan (Donnie Wahlberg) decides he's had enough of listening to Jamie Reagan's (Will Estes) commands—but disobeying orders might put people in danger. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "'Blue Bloods' Hints at Fight That Could Tear Brothers Danny and Jamie Reagan Apart," 1 Feb. 2019 Most of the people who were in the internment camps during the Second World War have died, including Fred Korematsu, the Oakland native who defied incarceration orders and was convicted of disobeying a military order. Jennifer Medina, New York Times, "For Survivors of Japanese Internment Camps, Court’s Korematsu Ruling Is ‘Bittersweet’," 28 June 2018 And also like the very real Stanislav Petrov, a lieutenant colonel in the Soviet Air Defense Force who chose to ignore warnings about incoming American ICBMs and disobeyed a direct order to launch retaliatory nuclear strikes in 1983. Alex Hollings, Popular Mechanics, "What 'Hunter Killer' Gets Right About Submarine Warfare," 7 Nov. 2018 The place feels like a living, breathing being, with various catacombs and vaults and catwalks that disobey the laws of gravity. Reif Larsen, The Seattle Times, "LA Reverential: A City’s Chill Spots," 1 Aug. 2018 Lerer also noted that there's an easy way to manage how the scooters are parked: impose stricter geofencing and penalize riders who disobey those rules. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Lawyer suing e-scooter companies calls user agreements “draconian”," 23 Oct. 2018 Those who disobeyed faced whippings, hefty fines, detention, and even execution—often in public rituals designed to terrify others into submission. Sophia Jones, Marie Claire, "The Truth About The Wives of ISIS," 4 Oct. 2018 The Corps had been investigating charges that Pistolis disobeyed an order or regulation and made false statements. Fox News, "Marine connected to Charlottesville rally faces imprisonment," 22 June 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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disobey

verb

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.

disobey

verb
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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