Translation of "violate" - English-Spanish dictionary


verb uk /ˈvaɪə.leɪt/ us

A 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.

A 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.
violator noun uk /-leɪ.tər/ us /-leɪ.t̬ɚ/

(Translation of “violate” from the Cambridge English-Spanish Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)


verb /ˈvaiəˌleit/

(formal) to do something against a law or an agreement

The UK has been accused of violating international law.

(formal ) to fail to respect someone’s rights, privacy etc

Their rights to live in peace had been violated.

(formal) to damage or disrespect a holy place

The Roman army came and violated the temple.

(literary, old-fashioned) to rape someone.

violation noun

a gross violation of human rights.
violator noun

infractor; violador
persistent violators of the law.

(Translation of “violate” from the PASSWORD English-Spanish Dictionary © 2014 K Dictionaries Ltd)