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Definition of "violate" []

  • To break or disregard (a law or promise, for example). (verb-transitive)
  • To assault (a person) sexually. (verb-transitive)
  • To do harm to (property or qualities considered sacred); desecrate or defile. (verb-transitive)
  • To disturb rudely or improperly; interrupt: violated our privacy. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "violate" in a sentence
  • "Instead, the only violation gays routinely violate is DADT."
  • "Given their current role they will not be a passive player should we be foolish enough to again violate the Nuremberg prohibitions on aggressive war."
  • "You will, in short, violate the (four) basic principles of trustworthiness."