Definitions for violateˈvaɪ əˌleɪt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

vi•o•lateˈvaɪ əˌleɪt(v.t.)-lat•ed, -lat•ing.

  1. to break or infringe (a law, promise, instructions, etc.).

    Category: Law

  2. to disturb rudely:

    to violate someone's privacy.

  3. to assault sexually, esp. to rape.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Law

  4. to treat irreverently or disrespectfully; desecrate:

    to violate a church.

Origin of violate:

1400–50; < L violātus, ptp. of violāre to treat with violence

vi′o•la`tor(n.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. 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"

  2. 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"

  3. violate(verb)

    destroy

    "Don't violate my garden"; "violate my privacy"

  4. 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"

  5. 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"

  6. rape, spoil, despoil, violate, plunder(verb)

    destroy and strip of its possession

    "The soldiers raped the beautiful country"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. violate(verb)ˈvaɪ əˌleɪt

    to break a rule, law, agreement, etc.

    in trouble for violating the terms of the agreement

Wiktionary

  1. violate(Verb)

    To break, disregard, disagree or not act according to (rules, conventions, etc.).

  2. violate(Verb)

    To rape.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Violate(verb)

    to treat in a violent manner; to abuse

  2. Violate(verb)

    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

  3. Violate(verb)

    to disturb; to interrupt

  4. Violate(verb)

    to commit rape on; to ravish; to outrage

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