[ vahy-uh-leyt ]
/ ˈvaɪ əˌleɪt /
verb (used with object), vi·o·lat·ed, vi·o·lat·ing.
to break, infringe, or transgress (a law, rule, agreement, promise, instructions, etc.).
to break in upon or disturb rudely; interfere thoughtlessly with: to violate his privacy.
to break through or pass by force or without right: to violate a frontier.
to treat irreverently or disrespectfully; desecrate; profane: violate a human right.
to molest sexually, especially to rape.
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Origin of violate
OTHER WORDS FROM violate
vi·o·la·tor, vi·o·lat·er, nounpre·vi·o·late, verb (used with object), pre·vi·o·lat·ed, pre·vi·o·lat·ing.qua·si-vi·o·lat·ed, adjectivere·vi·o·late, verb (used with object), re·vi·o·lat·ed, re·vi·o·lat·ing.
Words nearby violate
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British Dictionary definitions for violated
/ (ˈvaɪəˌleɪt) /
to break, disregard, or infringe (a law, agreement, etc)
to rape or otherwise sexually assault
to disturb rudely or improperly; break in upon
to treat irreverently or disrespectfully; outragehe violated a sanctuary
obsolete to mistreat physically
archaic violated or dishonoured
Derived forms of violate
violable, adjectiveviolability or violableness, nounviolably, adverbviolation, noun
violative, adjectiveviolator or violater, noun
Word Origin for violate
C15: from Latin violāre to do violence to, from vīs strength
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