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de·fy

defy

 
 
pronunciation:
dih faI
features:
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part of speech: verb
inflections: defies, defying, defied
definition 1: to refuse to obey.
He defied his father and went to the movie.
 
synonyms:
disobey, resist
antonyms:
obey, yield
similar words:
break, challenge, confront, oppose, protest
definition 2: to resist efforts at.
That puzzle defies solving.
similar words:
resist, survive, withstand
definition 3: to challenge or dare to do something very difficult or impossible.
He defied them to prove that he had taken the money.
synonyms:
challenge
similar words:
dare, egg on, incite, provoke, spur
Word Parts  About this feature
The word defy contains the following part:
de- Latin prefix that means from; away from; down from; reverse, negate.
synonyms:
dis-, un-