- When you drive 70 miles per hour in an area where the speed limit is only 55 miles per hour, this is an example of a situation where you violate the speed limit.
- When you read someone's diary without permission, this is an example of when you violate his privacy.
- When a man forces a woman to have sex with him against her will, this is an example of when he violates her.
Violate is to fail to comply with a requirement or rule, to fail to respect someone's privacy or to fail to respect someone or something sacred.
- to break (a law, rule, promise, etc.); fail to keep or observe; infringe on
- to commit a sexual assault on; often, specif., to rape (a woman)
- to desecrate or profane (something sacred)
- to break in upon; interrupt thoughtlessly; disturb: to violate someone's privacy
- to offend, insult, or outrage: to violate one's sense of decency
Origin of violateMiddle English violaten ; from Classical Latin violatus, past participle of violare, to use force or violence, akin to vis, force
transitive verbvi·o·lat·ed, vi·o·lat·ing, vi·o·lates
- To disregard or act in a manner that does not conform to (a law or promise, for example).
- To assault (a person) sexually.
- To do harm to (property or qualities considered sacred); desecrate or defile.
- To disturb rudely or improperly; interrupt: violated our privacy.
Origin of violateMiddle English violaten, from Latin violare, violat-, from v&imacron;s, vi-, force; see wei&schwa;- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present violates, present participle violating, simple past and past participle violated)