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defy

de·fy

defy

 
 
pronunciation:
dih faI
features:
Word Combinations (verb), Word Parts
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: defied, defies, defying
definition 1: to resist or challenge openly; act against the wishes or decrees of.
She defied her parents by dropping out of college.
 
synonyms:
disobey, flout, resist
antonyms:
follow, obey, submit, yield
similar words:
break, challenge, confront, disdain, fly in the face of, mock, oppose, protest
definition 2: to withstand attempts at.
This puzzle defies solution.
similar words:
resist, survive, withstand
definition 3: to challenge or dare (someone) to do something very difficult or impossible.
He defied them to disprove his testimony.
synonyms:
challenge
similar words:
dare, egg on, incite, provoke, spur
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