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 violate (audio) \ adjective
violator \ vī-​ə-​ˌlā-​tər How to pronounce violate (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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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The group also met with representatives from the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services after the last audit and determined that Maryland did not violate the law in considering federal tax income as a secondary data source. Hallie Miller, baltimoresun.com, "Audit finds Maryland Health Benefit Exchange has continued problems in verifying some applicants’ Medicaid eligibility," 11 May 2021 The ruling said Thammanat Prompao, a deputy agriculture minister and power broker in Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha's ruling coalition, did not violate the constitution because he had not been convicted by a Thai court. Reuters, CNN, "Thai court rules minister can keep job despite alleged heroin trafficking link," 5 May 2021 The ad account has been available since early March, and the ads that don't violate our policies could have run since then. Chris Smith, BGR, "Facebook is right: Signal’s viral ads are just a publicity stunt," 5 May 2021 Hagedorn cited many historical examples of government criminalizing armed intoxication as ways to curtail reckless gun use that didn't violate the Second Amendment. Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Even in your own home, you can't carry a gun while drunk unless acting in self-defense," 4 May 2021 William Perry, founder of the group Georgia Ethics Watchdogs, said Boswell likely didn’t violate state law. David Wickert, ajc, "Georgia DOT official’s involvement in shopping center raises concerns," 30 Apr. 2021 Upon review, it was determined the episode didn’t violate the policy, according to a person familiar with the matter. Anne Steele, WSJ, "Joe Rogan Seeks to Clarify His Comments on Young People and Vaccines," 29 Apr. 2021 In a 127-page review of the legal history at hand, Bybee concluded that Hawaii’s system did not violate the Second Amendment. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "Will the Supreme Court Let Americans Carry Guns for Any Reason?," 26 Apr. 2021 At the conclusion of the hearing, Mount decided health clubs do not violate anti-discrimination law by excluding men from women only spaces. Edmund H. Mahony, courant.com, "Is it legal for gyms to have women’s only workout areas? Connecticut Supreme Court will hear case questioning the state’s long history of addressing gender, privacy and discrimination," 18 Apr. 2021 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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The first known use of violate was in the 15th century

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13 May 2021

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“Violate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/violate. Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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More Definitions for violate

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 violate (audio) \ noun
violative \ ˈvī-​ə-​ˌlā-​tiv How to pronounce violate (audio) \ adjective
violator \ ˈvī-​ə-​ˌlā-​tər How to pronounce violate (audio) \ noun

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