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disobey

dis·o·bey

disobey

pronunciation:
dIs o beI
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part of speech: verb
inflections: disobeyed, disobeying, disobeys
definition: to fail or refuse to obey.
Calvin disobeyed his mother and went fishing instead of cleaning his room.
synonyms:
break, defy, ignore
antonyms:
comply, obey
similar words:
disregard, rebel, resist, violate
derivation: disobeyer (n.)
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The word disobey contains the following part:
dis- Latin prefix that means not; apart; reverse, negate
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The prefix dis- occurs in English attached to Latin roots, as in dissent , but also forms words in English by attaching to verbs (dishearten ) and nouns (disbelief ). dis- has two other forms, as the "s" sound in dis- assimilates to the initial sound of the base to which it is attached. See the assimilated forms dif- and di-3.
synonyms:
de-, un-