Definition of violate
violativeplay \-ˌlā-tiv\ adjective
violatorplay \-ˌlā-tər\ noun
Examples of violate in a sentence
He was arrested for violating his parole.
The company violated its customers' privacy.
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)
First Known Use: 15th century
First Known Use of violate
VIOLATE Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of violate for Students
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>
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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