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Meaning of violate

vi•o•late

Pronunciation: (vī'u-lāt"), [key]
— -lat•ed, -lat•ing.
  1. to break, infringe, or transgress (a law, rule, agreement, promise, instructions, etc.).
  2. to break in upon or disturb rudely; interfere thoughtlessly with: to violate his privacy.
  3. to break through or pass by force or without right: to violate a frontier.
  4. to treat irreverently or disrespectfully; desecrate; profane: violate a human right.
  5. to molest sexually, esp. to rape.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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