Definition of 'defy'
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The few who have escaped recount tales of such torment that they almost defy the imagination. Times, Sunday Times (2011)Will he defy the ban on smoking in public? Times, Sunday Times (2007)Viewers see all sorts of nonsensical things on screen that defy meaning or explanation. Christianity Today (2000)These are all exceptional people and what they put their bodies through defies description. Times, Sunday Times (2016)The facts of the case are so exceptional as almost to defy belief. Times, Sunday Times (2008)Those who defy the ban face heavy fines or imprisonment. Times, Sunday Times (2015)This is a house which almost defies explanation. Times, Sunday Times (2012)There is something raw and pure about the desert that defies description. Times, Sunday Times (2012)Looking at these photographs almost defies belief. Times, Sunday Times (2006)There are some passages of play that defy explanation and this was one. Times, Sunday Times (2011)There is something about choral singing that defies definition and description. Times, Sunday Times (2008)It almost defies belief that he can survive crisis after crisis. Times, Sunday Times (2015)Football is a game that can defy explanation by stats alone. The Sun (2008)The skill of the craftsman who made it defies description. BRITAIN BC: Life In Britain and Ireland before the Romans (2003)The pain you have caused me defies description. Times, Sunday Times (2008)So now there is a shop that truly defies description. Times, Sunday Times (2009)It is said they are not being charged for defying the driving ban but for opinions voiced online. The Sun (2014)It almost defies belief that no credible new leader has emerged to take advantage of the tottering pharaoh. Times, Sunday Times (2011)Only if the same association is shown by others and defies simple explanation should it be taken seriously. Times, Sunday Times (2006)They defy test bans and sanctions. The Sun (2016)Our players should defy the ban. The Sun (2011)What happened next almost defies imagination. Times, Sunday Times (2015)The victory defied all logical explanation. Times, Sunday Times (2006)He could almost defy his heart. North and South (1855)Some serving troops in civilian clothes defied an MoD ban to attend. The Sun (2015)
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Translations for 'defy'
British English: defy VERB
If you defy someone or something that is trying to make you behave in a particular way, you refuse to obey them and behave in that way.
This was the first (and last) time that I dared to defy my mother.
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