Meaning of “violate” in the English Dictionary

"violate" in British English

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violateverb [ T ]

uk /ˈvaɪ.ə.leɪt/ us /ˈvaɪ.ə.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 troops deliberately violated the ceasefire agreement.
The doctor has been accused of violating professional ethics.

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.

formal to rape someone:

She said that she had been treated so roughly by the hospital staff that she felt violated.

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violator
noun [ C ] uk /ˈvaɪ.ə.leɪ.tər/ us /ˈvaɪ.ə.leɪ.t̬ɚ/

(Definition of “violate” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"violate" in American English

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violateverb [ T ]

us /ˈvɑɪ·əˌleɪt/

to break or act against something such as a law, agreement, or principle, or to not respect something that should be treated with respect:

The planes appear to have deliberately violated the cease-fire agreement.

A person who violates a place or situation goes where he or she is not wanted or does something the person should not do:

Questions of this kind violate my privacy.
violator
noun [ C ] us /ˈvɑɪ·əˌleɪ·t̬ər/

Violators can be fined up to $500.

(Definition of “violate” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"violate" in Business English

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violateverb [ T ]

uk /ˈvaɪəleɪt/ us

LAW to break a law, agreement, rule etc.:

They were charged with violating federal law.
The CEO has been accused of violating professional ethics.

SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY to act in a way that does not show respect for an important principle:

Questions of this kind violate my privacy, and I am not willing to answer them.
It is important that we do not violate the customer's trust.

(Definition of “violate” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)