violate

verb
vi·o·late | \ˈvī-ə-ˌlāt \
violated; violating

Definition of violate 

(Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : break, disregard violate the law

2 : to do harm to the person or especially the chastity of specifically : rape sense 1

3 : to fail to show proper respect for : profane violate a shrine

4 : interrupt, disturb violate the peace of a spring evening— Nancy Larter

violate

adjective
vi·o·late | \ˈvī-ə-lət \

Definition of violate (Entry 2 of 2)

archaic

: subjected to violation

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Other Words from violate

Verb

violative \vī-ə-ˌlā-tiv \ adjective
violator \vī-ə-ˌlā-tər \ noun

Examples of violate in a Sentence

Verb

He was arrested for violating his parole. The company violated its customers' privacy. She was attacked and violated by an unknown intruder.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Much of this activity violates U.S. and international copyright law. Joe Karaganis, Washington Post, "Russia is building a new Napster — but for academic research," 13 July 2018 Two Russian military planes reportedly violated South Korea’s air defense zone multiple times Friday -- the latest provocative air maneuver from Russia, which has previously tested American and European zones. Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, "Russian military planes violate South Korean air defense zone four times, report says," 13 July 2018 The payment might have violated campaign finance laws. CBS News, "Stormy Daniels arrested while performing at Ohio strip club, her lawyer says," 12 July 2018 In a unanimous decision the court found that the state violated the constitution, specifically the Fourteenth Amendment (which Oregon had not ratified), but also unduly interfered with parents’ rights. Longreads, "Oregon’s Racist Past," 12 July 2018 The sales violated the Lacey Act, the nation’s oldest wildlife trafficking statute, the office said. Michael Boren, Philly.com, "Bucks man indicted for smuggling turtles," 10 July 2018 Any use of the Service other than as permitted by the TOS will violate the TOS and may infringe upon our rights or the rights of the third party that owns the affected Service. Bloomberg, "Terms of Service," 8 July 2018 Moshfegh, a young and acclaimed writer whose 2015 thriller, Eileen, was a finalist for the Man Booker Prize, is adept at crafting dark, compelling female characters who violate the rules of femininity. Alexandra Kleeman, Vanities, "This Novel Provides an Empowering, Grotesque Alternative to Leaning In," 2 July 2018 Previous cease-fire agreements made by the government and rebels were quickly violated. Okech Francis, Bloomberg.com, "South Sudan’s Warring Sides Agree to Cease-Fire in New Peace Bid," 28 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Videos that do not clearly violate YouTube's polices -- that contain inflammatory religious or supremacist content -- will appear with a warning and will not be able to gain revenue with ads. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, "Google, YouTube step up fight against online terrorism and extremism," 19 June 2017 Monday, May 22 Victim of violate domestic relations court order, 1500 block Montecito Road. Sunday, May 21 Female, 38, Ramona Sentinel, "Sheriff's Reports: Thief steals clothing from thrift store," 30 May 2017 On Friday, two government watchdog groups called for investigations into the payroll requests and stipend payments, which seemed to potentially violate state law related to knowingly offering false documents to government officials or agencies. Jesse Mckinley, New York Times, "4 G.O.P. Senators in New York Also Got False Titles That Carry Extra Pay," 12 May 2017

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First Known Use of violate

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for violate

Verb

Middle English, from Latin violatus, past participle of violare, from viol- (as in violentus violent)

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Phrases Related to violate

break/violate the law

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The first known use of violate was in the 15th century

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violate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of violate

: to do something that is not allowed by (a law, rule, etc.)

: to take away, interfere with, or ignore (something, such as a person's rights or privacy) in an unfair or illegal way

: to abuse or show disrespect for (something, such as a holy place) usually by damaging it

violate

verb
vi·o·late | \ˈvī-ə-ˌlāt \
violated; violating

Kids Definition of violate

1 : to fail to keep : break Students who violate the rules are punished.

2 : to treat in a very disrespectful way Vandals violated the shrine.

3 : disturb sense 1 Don't violate their privacy.

Other Words from violate

violator \-ˌlā-tər \ noun

violate

transitive verb
vi·o·late | \ˈvī-ə-ˌlāt \
violated; violating

Legal Definition of violate 

: to go against (as a prohibition or principle) : fail to observe or respect violate a law civil rights were violated violate due process

Other Words from violate

violation \ˌvī-ə-ˈlā-shən \ noun
violative \ˈvī-ə-ˌlā-tiv \ adjective
violator \ˈvī-ə-ˌlā-tər \ noun

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