violate

verb
vi·​o·​late | \ ˈvī-ə-ˌlāt How to pronounce violate (audio) \
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 How to pronounce violate (audio) \

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 How to pronounce violative (audio) \ adjective
violator \ vī-​ə-​ˌlā-​tər How to pronounce violator (audio) \ 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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Stone also said prosecutors violated Brocksom’s right to a speedy trial, which Stone said is defined as 120 days after the offense, barring defense delays. Jim Newton, Lake County News-Sun, "Man convicted of Gurnee murder last fall might finally be sentenced next month," 7 June 2019 An Ohio judge ordered the county to release body-camera footage of a jail guard who attacked a naked female inmate in 2016, ruling the county’s months-long effort to withhold the video from cleveland.com violated Ohio’s public records law. Courtney Astolfi, cleveland.com, "Excusable mistakes or bad governance? A look back at 17 months under Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish," 7 June 2019 This interoperability defence would have to shield digital toolsmiths from all manner of claims: tortious interference, bypassing copyright locks, patent infringement and, of course, violating terms of service. The Economist, "Regulating Big Tech makes them stronger, so they need competition instead," 6 June 2019 The city is seizing 46 ice cream trucks after operators of the trucks violated traffic laws. Elinor Aspegren, USA TODAY, "46 ice cream trucks seized in New York City crackdown," 6 June 2019 China has mounted an investigation of more than 1,000 companies to see which Chinese firms violated international law by using trichlorofluoromethane—also known as CFC-11—in plastic foam insulation. John Fialka, Scientific American, "Mystery Solved: Warming Superpollutant Tracked to China," 23 May 2019 All of the greatest masterpieces once violated rules and broke historical tradition. Ingrid Abramovitch, ELLE Decor, "Architect Responds to Controversy Over His Proposal to Top Notre-Dame with a Glass Roof," 14 May 2019 The detention centers are outside the regular justice system and largely hold Muslims seen as too observant or whose loyalties to the government are suspect, rather than who have violated criminal laws. Josh Chin, WSJ, "Turkey Calls on China to End Mass Incarceration of Muslim Uighurs," 10 Feb. 2019 The Justice Department said Sommers violated the Lacey Act, which prohibits the sale of wildlife that have been taken illegally. CBS News, "Feds indict man for allegedly trafficking thousands of turtles," 10 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 How to pronounce violate (audio) \
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 How to pronounce violate (audio) \
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 How to pronounce violation (audio) \ noun
violative \ ˈvī-​ə-​ˌlā-​tiv How to pronounce violative (audio) \ adjective
violator \ ˈvī-​ə-​ˌlā-​tər How to pronounce violator (audio) \ noun

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