Defy - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |dɪˈfaɪ|  American pronunciation of the word defy
Brit.  |dɪˈfaɪ|  British pronunciation of the word defy


- resist or confront with resistance (syn: hold, hold up, withstand)
- elude, especially in a baffling way (syn: refuse, resist)
- challenge (syn: dare)


She defied her parents and dropped out of school.

The group has continued to defy all efforts to stop them.

people who openly defy the law

The protesters have defied the court order.

The doctor tried to defy the stretch of her malice.

I defy anyone to prove otherwise.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: defy
he/she/it: defies
present participle: defying
past tense: defied
past participle: defied
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