Violate

  • 1 violate — vi‧o‧late [ˈvaɪəleɪt] verb [transitive] 1. LAW to disobey a law or do something that is against an official agreement, rule etc: • The contractors violated the law by laying off workers without notice. • The proposed legislation would violate… …

    Financial and business terms

  • 2 violate — vi·o·late / vī ə ˌlāt/ vt lat·ed, lat·ing: to go against (as a prohibition or principle): fail to observe or respect violate a law civil rights were violated violate due process vi·o·la·tion /ˌvī ə lā shən/ n …

    Law dictionary

  • 3 Violate — Vi o*late, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Violates}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Violating}.] [L. violatus, p. p. of violare to violate, fr. vis strength, force. See {Violent}.] 1. To treat in a violent manner; to abuse. [1913 Webster] His wife Boadicea violated with …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 4 violate — [vī′ə lāt΄] vt. violated, violating [ME violaten < L violatus, pp. of violare, to use force or violence, akin to vis, force] 1. to break (a law, rule, promise, etc.); fail to keep or observe; infringe on 2. to commit a sexual assault on; esp …

    English World dictionary

  • 5 violate — [v1] break a law, agreement breach, contaminate, contravene, defy, disobey, disregard, disrupt, encroach, err, infract, infringe, meddle, offend, oppose, outrage, profane, resist, sacrilege, sin, tamper with, trample on, transgress, trespass,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 6 Violaté — Le nom est très rare, mais on en trouve des mentions en Lorraine au XVIIIe siècle. Peut être un marchand de violat (médicament ou sirop à base de violette) …

    Noms de famille

  • 7 violate — (v.) early 15c., to break (an oath, etc.), from L. violatus (see VIOLATION (Cf. violation)). Sense of ravish is first recorded mid 15c. Related: Violated; violating …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 8 violate — ► VERB 1) break or fail to comply with (a rule or formal agreement). 2) treat with disrespect. 3) rape or sexually assault. DERIVATIVES violation noun violator noun. ORIGIN Latin violare treat violently …

    English terms dictionary

  • 9 violate — /ˈvaɪəleɪt / (say vuyuhlayt) verb (t) (violated, violating) 1. to break, infringe, or transgress (a law, rule, agreement, promise, instructions, etc.). 2. to break in upon or disturb rudely: to violate privacy; to violate the peace; to violate… …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 10 violate — violator, violater, n. /vuy euh layt /, v.t., violated, violating. 1. to break, infringe, or transgress (a law, rule, agreement, promise, instructions, etc.). 2. to break in upon or disturb rudely; interfere thoughtlessly with: to violate his… …

    Universalium

  • 11 violate — 01. If you [violate] your parole, you will be immediately re arrested. 02. Each side in the conflict accused the other of [violating] the ceasefire. 03. The U.S. has suspended all foreign aid to the country because of its history of human rights… …

    Grammatical examples in English

  • 12 violate — I. transitive verb ( lated; lating) Etymology: Middle English, from Latin violatus, past participle of violare, from viol (as in violentus violent) Date: 15th century 1. break, disregard < violate the law > 2. to do harm to the person or… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 13 violate — UK [ˈvaɪəleɪt] / US [ˈvaɪəˌleɪt] verb [transitive] Word forms violate : present tense I/you/we/they violate he/she/it violates present participle violating past tense violated past participle violated 1) to do something that is in opposition to a …

    English dictionary

  • 14 violate — verb (T) 1 to disobey or do something against an official agreement, law, principle etc: practices that violate health and safety regulations | The arrest and detention of the protestors violated their civil liberties. 2 formal to break open a… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15 violate — vi•o•late [[t]ˈvaɪ əˌleɪt[/t]] v. t. lat•ed, lat•ing 1) law to break or infringe (a law, promise, instructions, etc.) 2) to disturb rudely: to violate someone s privacy[/ex] 3) cvb law to assault sexually, esp. to rape 4) to treat irreverently or …

    From formal English to slang

  • 16 violate — verb ADVERB ▪ blatantly, flagrantly ▪ They have flagrantly violated the treaty. ▪ clearly ▪ Some companies have clearly violated the rules. ▪ …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 17 violate — Synonyms and related words: abuse, adulterate, afflict, aggrieve, alloy, assault, assault sexually, attack, barbarize, batter, befoul, betray, bewitch, blight, breach, breach the law, break, break the law, brutalize, burn, butcher, canker, care… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 18 violate — vi|o|late [ˈvaıəleıt] v [T] [Date: 1400 1500; : Latin; Origin: , past participle of violare] 1.) to disobey or do something against an official agreement, law, principle etc ▪ 34 protesters were arrested for violating criminal law. ▪ regimes that …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 19 violate — vi|o|late [ vaıə,leıt ] verb transitive 1. ) to do something that is in opposition to a law, agreement, principle, etc.: Companies that violate environmental laws will be heavily fined. Human rights are being violated every day in their prisons.… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 20 violate — [15] Latin violāre ‘treat with violence’ was derived from the noun vīs ‘force, energy’ (whose accusative form, vim, is probably the source of English vim [19]). Its past participle gave English violate, while its present participle is ultimately… …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins