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DEFY (defied)

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does defy mean? 

DEFY (verb)
  The verb DEFY has 3 senses:

1. resist or confront with resistance
2. elude, especially in a baffling way
3. challenge

  Familiarity information: DEFY used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


DEFY (verb)


Sense 1defy [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Resist or confront with resistance

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

Synonyms:

defy; withstand; hold up; hold

Context examples:

The politician defied public opinion / The new material withstands even the greatest wear and tear / The bridge held

Hypernyms (to "defy" is one way to...):

hold out; resist; stand firm; withstand (stand up or offer resistance to somebody or something)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "defy"):

brave; brave out; endure; weather (face or endure with courage)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


Sense 2defy [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Elude, especially in a baffling way

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

Synonyms:

resist; defy; refuse

Context example:

This behavior defies explanation

Hypernyms (to "defy" is one way to...):

elude; escape (be incomprehensible to; escape understanding by)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "defy"):

beggar (be beyond the resources of)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s something

Antonym:

lend oneself (be applicable to; as to an analysis)


Sense 3defy [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Challenge

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

dare; defy

Context example:

I dare you!

Hypernyms (to "defy" is one way to...):

challenge (issue a challenge to)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "defy"):

brazen (face with defiance or impudence)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody
Somebody ----s somebody to INFINITIVE

Sentence example:

They defy him to write the letter


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