disobey

  • 1Disobey — Dis o*bey , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Disobeyed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Disobeying}.] [F. d[ e]sob[ e]ir; pref. d[ e]s (L. dis ) + ob[ e]ir. See {Obey}, and cf. {Disobedient}.] Not to obey; to neglect or refuse to obey (a superior or his commands, the laws …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2Disobey — Dis o*bey , v. i. To refuse or neglect to obey; to violate commands; to be disobedient. [1913 Webster] He durst not know how to disobey. Sir P. Sidney. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3disobey — late 14c., from O.Fr. desobeir (13c.) disobey; refuse service or homage, from V.L. *disoboedire, reformed with dis from L.L. inobedire, a back formation from inobediens not obeying, from L. in not + prp. of obedire (see OBEY (Cf. obey)). Related …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 4disobey — I verb act illegally, arise, be derelict, be disloyal, be insubordinate, be mutinous, be negligent, be perfidious, be recalcitrant, be recusant, be treasonous, be undisciplined, be unruly, betray, break a law, break a rule, break the law, commit… …

    Law dictionary

  • 5disobey — [v] disregard rules; refuse to conform balk, be remiss, break rules, contravene, counteract, dare, decline, defy, desert, differ, disagree, evade, flout, fly in face of*, go counter to, ignore, infringe, insurrect, misbehave, mutiny, neglect, not …

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  • 6disobey — ► VERB ▪ fail or refuse to obey. DERIVATIVES disobeyer noun …

    English terms dictionary

  • 7disobey — [dis΄ō bā′, dis΄ə bā′] vt., vi. [ME disobeien < OFr desobeir: see DIS & OBEY] to refuse or fail to obey …

    English World dictionary

  • 8disobey — UK [ˌdɪsəˈbeɪ] / US verb [intransitive/transitive] Word forms disobey : present tense I/you/we/they disobey he/she/it disobeys present participle disobeying past tense disobeyed past participle disobeyed to deliberately do the opposite of what… …

    English dictionary

  • 9disobey — dis|o|bey [ ,dısə beı ] verb intransitive or transitive to deliberately do the opposite of what someone in authority has told you to do, or deliberately not obey a rule: If you continue to disobey the rules, you will be punished. They knew he was …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 10disobey — verb Disobey is used with these nouns as the object: ↑command, ↑instruction, ↑master, ↑order …

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  • 11disobey — [[t]dɪ̱səbe͟ɪ[/t]] disobeys, disobeying, disobeyed VERB When someone disobeys a person or an order, they deliberately do not do what they have been told to do. [V n] ...a naughty boy who often disobeyed his mother and father... [V n] He urged… …

    English dictionary

  • 12disobey — verb (I, T) to refuse to do what someone with authority tells you to do, or refuse to obey a rule or law: Remember you re in the army; if you disobey orders you ll get a court martial …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 13disobey — /dɪsəˈbeɪ / (say disuh bay) verb (t) 1. to neglect or refuse to obey (an order, person, etc.). –verb (i) 2. to be disobedient. {Middle English disobey(en), from Old French desobeir, from des dis 1 + obeir obey} –disobeyer, noun …

    Australian-English dictionary

  • 14disobey —   Ho olohe ole, pale ōlelo, ho okuli;    ♦ willfully disobey, ho olana.   Rare: ā ī o ole a, ihuma a, uhakole, hanaea, āpua …

    English-Hawaiian dictionary

  • 15disobey — v.tr. (also absol.) fail or refuse to obey; disregard (orders); break (rules) (disobeyed his mother; how dare you disobey!). Derivatives: disobeyer n. Etymology: ME f. OF desobeir f. Rmc (as DIS , OBEY) …

    Useful english dictionary

  • 16disobey — verb Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo French desobeir, from des dis + obeir to obey Date: 14th century intransitive verb to be disobedient transitive verb to fail to obey • disobeyer noun …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 17disobey — disobeyer, n. /dis euh bay /, v.t., v.i. to neglect or refuse to obey. [1350 1400; ME disobeien < OF desobeir, equiv. to des DIS 1 + obeir to OBEY] Syn. defy, disregard, resist, ignore, oppose. * * * …

    Universalium

  • 18disobey — verb a) To refuse to obey an order of (sb). b) To refuse to obey. Ant: obey See Also: disobedient …

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  • 19disobey — Synonyms and related words: break, break the law, care naught for, contravene, defy, disregard, flout, go counter to, ignore, infringe, mutiny, not conform, not heed, not keep, not listen, not mind, not observe, oppose, overstep, rebel, refuse to …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 20disobey — I (Roget s IV) v. Syn. defy, resist, rebel, balk, decline, neglect, set aside, desert, be remiss, ignore the commands of, refuse submission to, disagree, oppose, contravene, refuse to support, evade, disregard the authority of, break rules, flout …

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