Definition of disobey
: to be disobedient
: to fail to obey
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.
Origin and Etymology of disobey
Middle English, from Anglo-French desobeir, from des- dis- + obeir to obey
First Known Use: 14th century
DISOBEY Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of disobey for Students
: to refuse or fail to behave as told or taught He disobeyed his parents.
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