defy collocations and examples

 UK /dɪˈfaɪ/

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1

refuse to obey someone or something


Adverbs frequently used with defy
openly or deliberately: blatantly, deliberately, openly, publiclyWorkers in several unions openly defied their leaders by taking strike action.repeatedly: continually, repeatedlyHe argued that mothers who repeatedly defied court rulings on access should be jailed.successfully: successfullyPeople began to believe that unjust laws could be successfully defied.
2

be almost impossible to describe, believe, or understand


Nouns frequently used as the object of defy
belief, categorization, classification, comprehension, definition, description, expectation, explanation, imagination, logicTheir claims defy belief.
 
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