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

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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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Recent Examples on the Web House Bill 3059 would repeal the state statute allowing police officers to arrest any group of five or more people at will who disobey commands to disperse. Tim Gruver, Washington Examiner, "Oregon Legislature considering 10 police reform bills," 9 Apr. 2021 Gannett’s New York bureau did a Q&A on what happens if New Yorkers disobey Cuomo’s mask order. Staff, USA TODAY, "Gannett Journalists Keep Their Local Communities Informed With Critical COVID-19 News Throughout Year of Pandemic," 18 Mar. 2021 Nobody wants to disobey the handlers, because everyone's worried about their spot on the next all-stars. Dalton Ross, EW.com, "Survivor Quarantine Questionnaire : Stephen Fishbach feels 'shame' about his portrayal on 'Cambodia'," 22 Mar. 2021 In the rapper’s home region of Catalonia, the unrest also comes after years of separatist politicians urging citizens to ignore or disobey court rulings unfavorable to their cause. Time, "Angry Youths Rattle Spain in Support of Jailed Catalan Rapper Pablo Hasel," 23 Feb. 2021 The officer said that Mangan-Damon continued to disobey his commands to stay in the car, and at one point, Damon then stepped back over between the officer and his wife, the affidavit says. Gisela Crespo, CNN, "Ex-MLB star Johnny Damon had 4 times legal limit after DUI arrest, during which he voiced support for Trump and Blue Lives Matter," 11 Mar. 2021 And last month, the state proposed that hikers who disobey trail closure signs warning of danger (including flash-flood warnings) will have to pay for their own rescues. Alison Fox, Travel + Leisure, "Hawaii Declares State of Emergency After Floods Cause Landslides, Washed-out Bridges, and More Damage," 10 Mar. 2021 That month, Minuta, the owner of a New York tattoo shop, appeared in a video vowing to disobey state public health directives related to the coronavirus pandemic. Erin Mansfield, USA TODAY, "Prosecutors: Oath Keepers leader stood outside Capitol on Jan. 6 as members stormed inside," 9 Mar. 2021 Republicans said the state can ill-afford to spend millions of dollars on people who disobey the law. Pamela Wood, baltimoresun.com, "Maryland senators advance tax credit for non-citizens left out of the RELIEF Act," 19 Feb. 2021

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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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14 Apr 2021

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“Disobey.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disobey. Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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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.


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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