Definitions for defydɪˈfaɪ; ˈdi faɪ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

de•fydɪˈfaɪ; ˈdi faɪ(v.; n. also)-fied, -fy•ing

  1. (v.t.)to challenge the power of; resist boldly or openly.

  2. to offer effective resistance to:

    This fort defies attack.

  3. to challenge (a person) to do something deemed impossible.

Origin of defy:

1250–1300; ME < OF desfier=des-dis -1+fier to trust < VL *fīdāre, var. of L fīdere

Princeton's WordNet

  1. defy, withstand, hold, hold up(verb)

    resist or confront with resistance

    "The politician defied public opinion"; "The new material withstands even the greatest wear and tear"; "The bridge held"

  2. defy, resist, refuse(verb)

    elude, especially in a baffling way

    "This behavior defies explanation"

  3. defy, dare(verb)

    challenge

    "I dare you!"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. defy(verb)ɪˈfaɪ; n. also ˈdi faɪ

    deliberately disobey

    countries that have defied international treaties

  2. defyɪˈfaɪ; n. also ˈdi faɪ

    to behave in opposition to natural laws

    to defy the law of gravity

  3. defyɪˈfaɪ; n. also ˈdi faɪ

    to be very difficult to explain, describe, etc.

Wiktionary

  1. defy(Verb)

    To renounce or dissolve all bonds of affiance, faith, or obligation with; to reject, refuse, or renounce.

  2. defy(Verb)

    To provoke to combat or strife; to call out to combat; to challenge; to dare; to brave; to set at defiance; to treat with contempt.

    to defy an enemy; to defy the power of a magistrate; to defy the arguments of an opponent; to defy public opinion.

  3. Origin: From desfier, from *, from dis- + fidus. Meaning shifted 14c. from "be disloyal" to "challenge."

Webster Dictionary

  1. Defy(verb)

    to renounce or dissolve all bonds of affiance, faith, or obligation with; to reject, refuse, or renounce

  2. Defy(verb)

    to provoke to combat or strife; to call out to combat; to challenge; to dare; to brave; to set at defiance; to treat with contempt; as, to defy an enemy; to defy the power of a magistrate; to defy the arguments of an opponent; to defy public opinion

  3. Defy(noun)

    a challenge


Translations for defy

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

defy(verb)

to dare (someone to act); to challenge

I defy you to try and stop me!

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