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disobey

dis·o·bey

disobey

pronunciation:
dIs o beI
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part of speech: transitive verb & intransitive verb
inflections: disobeyed, disobeying, disobeys
definition: to fail or refuse to obey.
The soldier was punished for disobeying orders.They felt the law was unjust and that it was their duty to disobey it.She disobeyed her parents when she went to that party.These parents feel helpless when their child disobeys.
synonyms:
break, contravene, defy, ignore
antonyms:
comply, obey
similar words:
disregard, flout, infringe, rebel, resist, violate
derivation: disobeyer (n.)
Word Parts
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-