disobey Definition

  • 1to refuse to do something that you are told to do
  • 2to break a rule or law

Using disobey: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "disobey" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    He was punished for disobeying his parents.

  • Example

    The soldiers were ordered not to disobey their commanding officer.

  • Example

    It is against the law to disobey a police officer.

  • Example

    The company will not tolerate employees who disobey safety regulations.

disobey Synonyms and Antonyms

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Phrases with disobey

  • to refuse to follow an instruction given by someone in authority


    The soldier was court-martialed for disobeying an order from his commanding officer.

  • to break a law or regulation


    If you disobey the law, you may be subject to fines or imprisonment.

  • to refuse to do what one's parents have asked or told them to do


    Children who disobey their parents may face punishment or consequences.


Summary: disobey in Brief

To 'disobey' [ˌdɪs.əˈbeɪ] means to refuse to follow instructions or break rules. It can refer to disobeying parents, orders from authority figures, or laws and regulations. Examples include 'He was punished for disobeying his parents' and 'The company will not tolerate employees who disobey safety regulations.' Synonyms include 'defy' and 'violate.'

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