1. fail to agree with; be in violation of; as of rules or patterns

- This sentence violates the rules of syntax

Similar word(s): break

Definition categories: stative

2. act in disregard of laws, rules, contracts, or promises

- violate the basic laws or human civilization

Similar word(s): breach, break, infract, offend, transgress

Definition categories: social, disrespect

3. destroy

- Don't violate my garden

- violate my privacy

Definition categories: contact, disturb, touch

4. violate the sacred character of a place or language

- violate the sanctity of the church

Similar word(s): desecrate, outrage, profane

Definition categories: social, assail, assault, attack

5. force (someone) to have sex against their will

Similar word(s): assault, dishonor, dishonour, outrage, rape, ravish

Definition categories: social, assail, assault, attack

6. destroy and strip of its possession

Similar word(s): despoil, plunder, rape, spoil

Definition categories: contact, destroy, ruin

Sentences with violate as a verb:

- The program tried to write to privileged memory, so it was flagged with a protect violate error.

- Accessing unauthorized files violates security protocol.