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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 ​planesappear 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)

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violateverb [T]

uk   us   /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 ​federallaw. It ​seems that the ​troopsdeliberately violated the ​ceasefireagreement. The ​doctor has been ​accused of violating ​professionalethics. to go, ​especiallyforcefully, into a ​place or ​situation which should be ​treated with ​respect and in which you are not ​wanted or not ​expected to be: The ​fishermenclaimed that ​ships from another ​country had violated ​theirterritorialwaters. 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 ​hospitalstaff that she ​felt violated.
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violator
noun [C] uk   /-leɪ.tər/  us   /-leɪ.t̬ɚ/
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violateverb [T]

uk   us   /ˈvaɪəleɪt/
LAW to ​break a ​law, ​agreement, ​rule etc.: They were ​charged with violating ​federallaw. The ​CEO has been ​accused of violating ​professionalethics.
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)
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