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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [dis-uh-bey]
    • /ˌdɪs əˈbeɪ/
    • /ˌdɪs.əˈbeɪ/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [dis-uh-bey]
    • /ˌdɪs əˈbeɪ/

Definitions of disobey word

  • noun disobey Fail to obey (rules, a command, or someone in authority). 1
  • transitive verb disobey rule, order: not follow 1
  • transitive verb disobey person: not obey 1
  • intransitive verb disobey not follow commands 1
  • verb disobey When someone disobeys a person or an order, they deliberately do not do what they have been told to do. 0
  • verb disobey to neglect or refuse to obey (someone, an order, etc) 0

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Origin of disobey

First appearance:

before 1350
One of the 20% oldest English words
1350-1400; Middle English disobeien < Old French desobeir, equivalent to des- dis-1 + obeir to obey

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Parts of speech for Disobey


disobey popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 75% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

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Synonyms for disobey

verb disobey

  • contravene — To contravene a law or rule means to do something that is forbidden by the law or rule.
  • violate — to break, infringe, or transgress (a law, rule, agreement, promise, instructions, etc.).
  • defy — If you defy someone or something that is trying to make you behave in a particular way, you refuse to obey them and behave in that way.
  • infringe — to commit a breach or infraction of; violate or transgress: to infringe a copyright; to infringe a rule.
  • flout — to treat with disdain, scorn, or contempt; scoff at; mock: to flout the rules of propriety.

Antonyms for disobey

verb disobey

  • obey — to comply with or follow the commands, restrictions, wishes, or instructions of: to obey one's parents.
  • consent — If you give your consent to something, you give someone permission to do it.
  • harmonize — to bring into harmony, accord, or agreement: to harmonize one's views with the new situation.
  • aid — Aid is money, equipment, or services that are provided for people, countries, or organizations who need them but cannot provide them for themselves.
  • comply — If someone or something complies with an order or set of rules, they are in accordance with what is required or expected.

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