Definitions for violateˈvaɪ əˌleɪt
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
vi•o•lateˈvaɪ əˌleɪt(v.t.)-lat•ed, -lat•ing.
to break or infringe (a law, promise, instructions, etc.).
to disturb rudely:
to violate someone's privacy.
to assault sexually, esp. to rape.
Category: Common Vocabulary, Law
to treat irreverently or disrespectfully; desecrate:
to violate a church.
Origin of violate:
1400–50; < L violātus, ptp. of violāre to treat with violence
violate, go against, break(verb)
fail to agree with; be in violation of; as of rules or patterns
"This sentence violates the rules of syntax"
transgress, offend, infract, violate, go against, breach, break(verb)
act in disregard of laws, rules, contracts, or promises
"offend all laws of humanity"; "violate the basic laws or human civilization"; "break a law"; "break a promise"
"Don't violate my garden"; "violate my privacy"
desecrate, profane, outrage, violate(verb)
violate the sacred character of a place or language
"desecrate a cemetery"; "violate the sanctity of the church"; "profane the name of God"
rape, ravish, violate, assault, dishonor, dishonour, outrage(verb)
force (someone) to have sex against their will
"The woman was raped on her way home at night"
rape, spoil, despoil, violate, plunder(verb)
destroy and strip of its possession
"The soldiers raped the beautiful country"
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
to break a rule, law, agreement, etc.
in trouble for violating the terms of the agreement
To break, disregard, disagree or not act according to (rules, conventions, etc.).
to treat in a violent manner; to abuse
to do violence to, as to anything that should be held sacred or respected; to profane; to desecrate; to break forcibly; to trench upon; to infringe
to disturb; to interrupt
to commit rape on; to ravish; to outrage