tr.v. vi·o·lat·ed, vi·o·lat·ing, vi·o·lates
1. To disregard or act in a manner that does not conform to (a law or promise, for example).
2. To assault (a person) sexually.
3. To do harm to (property or qualities considered sacred); desecrate or defile.
4. To disturb rudely or improperly; interrupt: violated our privacy.
[Middle English violaten, from Latin violāre, violāt-, from vīs, vi-, force; see weiə- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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