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violate

verb vi·o·late \ ˈvī-ə-ˌlāt \
Updated on: 14 Nov 2017

Definition of violate

violated; violating
transitive verb
1 :break, disregard
  • violate the law
2 :to do harm to the person or especially the chastity of; specifically :rape 2
3 :to fail to show proper respect for :profane
  • violate a shrine
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.

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Origin and Etymology of violate

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

violate Synonyms


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violate

adjective vi·o·late \ ˈvī-ə-lət \

Definition of violate

archaic
:subjected to violation

Recent Examples of violate from the Web

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First Known Use of violate

15th century



VIOLATE Defined for English Language Learners

violate

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

verb vi·o·late \ ˈvī-ə-ˌlāt \

Definition of violate for Students

violated; violating
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 1
  • Don't violate their privacy.

violator

\-ˌlā-tər\ noun

Law Dictionary

violate

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

legal Definition of violate

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

violation

play \ˌvī-ə-ˈlā-shən\ noun

violative

play \ˈvī-ə-ˌlā-tiv\ adjective

violator

play \ˈvī-ə-ˌlā-tər\ noun


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