violate vi‧o‧late [ˈvaɪəleɪt] verb [transitive]
1. LAW to disobey a law or do something that is against an official agreement, rule etc:

• The contractors violated the law by laying off workers without notice.

• The proposed legislation would violate existing trade agreements.

2. violate the rights/​privacy of to do something that does not respect someone's rights, such as their right to be private:

• There was concern that the company was violating customers' privacy.

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violate UK US /ˈvaɪəleɪt/ verb [T]
LAW to break a law, agreement, rule etc.: »

They were charged with violating federal law.


The CEO has been accused of violating professional ethics.

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.

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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