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English definition of “violate”

violate

verb [T]     /ˈvaɪə.leɪt/
to break or act against something, especially a law , agreement , principle , or something that should be treated with respect : They were charged with violating federal law . It seems that the planes deliberately violated the ceasefire agreement . The doctor has been accused of violating professional ethics .Obeying and breaking the lawObedient and compliantDisobedientBad and wrong behaviour to go, especially forcefully , into a place or situation which should be treated with respect and in which you are not wanted or not expected to be: The fishermen claimed that ships from another country had violated their territorial waters . Questions of this kind violate my privacy and I am not willing to answer them.Obeying and breaking the lawObedient and compliantDisobedientBad and wrong behaviour formal to rape someone: She said that she had been treated so roughly by the hospital staff that she felt violated.Physical and sexual assault and abductionSexual activity in general violator     /-leɪ.tər/ US  /-leɪ.t̬ɚ/ noun [C] Criminals - general words
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