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violate

verb [T] uk   /ˈvaɪə.leɪt/ us  
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. 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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noun [C] uk   /-leɪ.tər/ us    /-leɪ.t̬ɚ/
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