Definition of violate verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    violate

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈvaɪəleɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈvaɪəleɪt//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they violate
    BrE BrE//ˈvaɪəleɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈvaɪəleɪt//
     
    he / she / it violates
    BrE BrE//ˈvaɪəleɪts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈvaɪəleɪts//
     
    past simple violated
    BrE BrE//ˈvaɪəleɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈvaɪəleɪtɪd//
     
    past participle violated
    BrE BrE//ˈvaɪəleɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈvaɪəleɪtɪd//
     
    -ing form violating
    BrE BrE//ˈvaɪəleɪtɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈvaɪəleɪtɪŋ//
     
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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 See related entries: Justice
  2. 2violate something (formal) to disturb or not respect somebody’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 somebody to have sex synonym rape
  5. Word Origin late Middle English: from Latin violat- ‘treated violently’, from the verb violare.Extra examples The peace of the island community had been brutally violated. The peace of this island community has been repeatedly violated. They have flagrantly violated the treaty. He had drugged her and then violated her. She accused press photographers of violating her privacy. The directive violates fundamental human rights. Their voices sounded shrill and incongruous, violating the silence.
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