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English definition of “violate”

violate

verb [T]
 
 
/ˈvaɪəleɪt/ formal
NOT OBEY to not obey a law, rule, or agreement: Countries that violate international law will be dealt with severely.Obeying and breaking the lawObedient and compliantDisobedientBad and wrong behaviour
NOT ALLOW to not allow someone something that they should morally be allowed to have: They were accused of violating human rights.Preventing and impedingLimiting and restricting
violation
 
 
/ˌvaɪəˈleɪʃən/ noun [C, U]
a violation of privacy
(Definition of violate from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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