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Definition of violate verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they violate
    he / she / it violates
    past simple violated
    -ing form violating
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  1. 1violate something (formal) to go against or refuse to obey a law, an agreement, etc. synonym flout to violate international law
  2. 2violate something (formal) to disturb or not respect someone's peace, privacy, etc. She accused the press photographers of violating her privacy.
  3. 3violate something to damage or destroy a holy or special place synonym desecrate to violate a grave
  4. 4violate somebody (literary or old-fashioned) to force someone to have sex synonym rape
noun [uncountable, countable] They were in open violation of the treaty. gross violations of human rights
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