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English definition of “defy”


verb [T]    /dɪˈfɑɪ/
to refuse to obey or to do something in the usual or expected way: They defied an evacuation order and stayed in town during the hurricane. He defied the odds (= did what no one expected) and won the race for mayor. defiant    /dɪˈfɑɪ·ənt/ adjective She is defiant, angry, and tough. defiantly    /dɪˈfɑɪ·ənt·li/ adverb When I said she might fail, she replied defiantly, “No, I won’t!”
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