Definition of disobey in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌdisəˈbā/


[with object]
Fail to obey (rules, a command, or someone in authority): around 1,000 soldiers had disobeyed orders and surrendered
More example sentences
  • She never disobeyed laws or rules for her own ill-gotten gains, it was just that she was good at it, and it was fun.
  • That is what civil disobedience is: disobeying existing laws in order to promote change.
  • She had disobeyed a witness summons ordering her to give evidence at the trial.
disregard, ignore, pay no heed to



Example sentences
  • The counter argument, from the disobeyer's point of view, is that the social contract is a fiction as there is no historical evidence of any such agreement ever being entered into.
  • Lovers of freedom, lovers of social justice, disarmers, peacekeepers, civil disobeyers, democrats, civil rights activists, and defenders of the environment are legions in a single multiform cause.
  • All we need to do is assign teams to organize civil disobeyers for each bridge.


Late Middle English: from Old French desobeir, based on Latin oboedire 'obey' (see obey).

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Syllabification: dis·o·bey

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