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violate

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verb vi·o·late \ˈvī-ə-ˌlāt\

Definition of violate

violated

;

violating

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  break, disregard violate the law

  3. 2 :  to do harm to the person or especially the chastity of; specifically :  rape 2

  4. 3 :  to fail to show proper respect for :  profane violate a shrine

  5. 4 :  interrupt, disturb violate the peace of a spring evening — Nancy Larter

violative

play \vī-ə-ˌlā-tiv\ adjective

violator

play \vī-ə-ˌlā-tər\ noun

Examples of violate in a Sentence

  1. He was arrested for violating his parole.

  2. The company violated its customers' privacy.

  3. She was attacked and violated by an unknown intruder.

Origin and Etymology of violate

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


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violate

play
adjective vi·o·late \ˈvī-ə-lət\

Definition of violate

archaic

  1. :  subjected to violation

First Known Use of violate

15th century



VIOLATE Defined for English Language Learners

violate

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verb

Definition of violate for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

violate

play
verb vi·o·late \ˈvī-ə-ˌlāt\

Definition of violate for Students

violated

;

violating

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

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

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

violator

\-ˌlā-tər\ noun

Law Dictionary

violate

play
transitive verb vi·o·late \ˈvī-ə-ˌlāt\

Legal Definition of violate

violated

violating

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

violation

\ˌvī-ə-ˈlā-shən\ play noun

violative

\ˈvī-ə-ˌlā-tiv\ play adjective

violator

\ˈvī-ə-ˌlā-tər\ play noun


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