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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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The pharmacy violated state rules of professional conduct, board officials wrote. oregonlive.com, "Oregon pharmacists sold millions of opioid pills, say they felt powerless to say no," 16 Aug. 2019 The Open Meetings Compliance Board reviews complaints and issues opinions on whether government bodies have violated the law. Pamela Wood, baltimoresun.com, "Complaint filed over closed-door meeting of Maryland handgun board," 16 Aug. 2019 Female students wearing tank tops were publicly called out for violating the student handbook’s dress code and handed bright orange T-shirts to change into, according to parents, kicking off a volatile first week of school. Chicago Tribune Staff, chicagotribune.com, "Daywatch: Illinois prison removes books from library over ‘racial’ content, parents say girls targeted for wearing tank tops to school and other things to know to start your day," 16 Aug. 2019 Additionally, Philadelphia police Richard Nicoletti will not face any charges for shooting and killing Jeffrey Dennis, 36, in 2018, despite clearly violating department policy, the Philadelphia Tribune reports. Kirsten West Savali, Essence, "Suspect In Custody After Allegedly Shooting 6 Philadelphia Police Officers," 15 Aug. 2019 Tofurky contends the statute violates the First Amendment. Jack Greiner, Cincinnati.com, "Strictly Legal: Is a tofu burger a burger? Arkansas says no.," 15 Aug. 2019 The settlement also addresses allegations that the BB&J violated the Physician Self-Referral Law which prohibits referrals of Medicaid and Medicare patients to general providers. Lily Jackson | Ljackson@al.com, al, "Whistleblower lawsuit leads to $1.2 million settlement paid by orthopedic practice," 15 Aug. 2019 This doesn’t mean domestic terrorism goes unpunished: Murder is a crime in all 50 states, and white-supremacist killings often violate federal hate-crime laws. Mary B. Mccord, Twin Cities, "Mary B. McCord: White nationalist killers are terrorists. We should fight them like terrorists.," 13 Aug. 2019 The company learned that violating regulations could put a dent in its profit margins, and responded accordingly. Jennifer Szalai, New York Times, "‘Kochland’ Measures the Reach of a Politically Influential Corporate Giant," 13 Aug. 2019

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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