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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But in the meantime, insist that the Trump administration stop challenging China by raising tariffs, which often violate international trade rules themselves. James Bacchus, WSJ, "Democrats, Free Trade Is Your Destiny," 3 Dec. 2018 The arrangement that the president’s former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, made with the Mueller team has just gone down the toilet, since Manafort has been caught in a web of lies, violating the original agreement. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "The Week in Washington: Tough Times For Individual One," 2 Dec. 2018 As Traveler previously reported when the ban was being trialled earlier this year, anyone caught violating the rules will be slapped with a hefty fine of between €40 ($45) and €240 ($269). Katherine Lagrave, Condé Nast Traveler, "Rome Cracking Down on Street Drinking, Bad Tourist Behavior With New Laws," 28 Nov. 2018 Qualcomm's original complaint accused Apple of violating a software agreement by refusing to let Qualcomm audit Apple's compliance with that agreement. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "Apple stole Qualcomm chip secrets and gave them to Intel, Qualcomm claims," 25 Sep. 2018 Under President Obama in 2013, the State Department accused Wilon and Defense Distributed of violating the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), which are meant to prevent the exporting of defense technology. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Defense Distributed Is Selling 3D Printed Gun Files—Through the Mail," 28 Aug. 2018 Members of the group, including Gamble and Lyakh, were also accused of violating rules elsewhere. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "3YouTube Daredevils Dead in Waterfall Accident," 7 July 2018 He also is accused of violating immigration laws for allegedly making false statements in visa applications. John R. Ellement, BostonGlobe.com, "Wellesley man arrested in alleged export plot tied to marine equipment," 6 July 2018 Mueller indicted 13 Russian individuals and three entities in February on charges of violating criminal laws with the intent to interfere with the U.S. election through the manipulation of social media. Chris Strohm, chicagotribune.com, "Mueller taps more prosecutors to help with growing Trump probe," 5 July 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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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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