disobey

verb dis·obey \ ˌdis-ə-ˈbā , -ō- \
Updated on: 8 Nov 2017

Definition of disobey

intransitive verb
:to be disobedient
transitive verb
: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 Synonyms

Synonyms
defy, mock, rebel (against)
Antonyms
comply (with), conform (to), follow, mind, obey
Related Words
disoblige; mutiny (against), revolt (against); disregard, ignore, overlook, overpass, pass over, tune out; brush off, dismiss, flout, pooh-pooh (also pooh), reject, scoff (at), scorn, shrug off, wink (at); breach, break, infringe, transgress, violate; buck, combat, contest, dispute, fight, oppose, resist, withstand
Near Antonyms
capitulate (to), concede (to), defer (to), goose-step (to), serve, stoop (to), submit (to), surrender (to), yield (to); cooperate (with); keep, observe; accede (to), acquiesce (to), agree (to), assent (to), oblige; attend, hear, heed, listen (to), mark, note, notice, regard, watch

DISOBEY Defined for English Language Learners

disobey

verb

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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