HyperDic: defy

English > 3 senses of the word defy:
VERBstativedefy, withstand, hold, hold upresist or confront with resistance / resistance
stativedefy, resist, refuseelude, especially in a baffling way
communicationdefy, darechallenge
defy > pronunciation
Soundsdihfay'
Rhymesacidify ... vilify: 78 rhymes with fay...
English > defy: 3 senses > verb 1, stative
Meaningresist or confront with resistance / resistance.
PatternSomebody ----s something; Something ----s something
Synonymswithstand, hold, hold up
Narrowerweather, endure, brave, brave outface and withstand with courage
Broaderresist, hold out, withstand, stand firmstand up or offer resistance / resistance to somebody or something
Spanishaguantar, desafiar, resistir, soportar, sostenerse
Catalanresistir, suportar
Adjectivesdefiantboldly resisting authority or an opposing force
English > defy: 3 senses > verb 2, stative
Meaningelude, especially in a baffling way.
PatternSomething ----s something
Synonymsresist, refuse
NarrowerbeggarBe beyond the resources of
Broaderelude, escapeBe incomprehensible to
Oppositelend oneself, applyBe applicable to
Spanishdesafiar, oponerse, rechazar, resistir
Catalanoposar-se
English > defy: 3 senses > verb 3, communication
Meaningchallenge.
PatternSomebody ----s somebody; Somebody ----s somebody to INFINITIVE
ModelThey defy him to write the letter
Synonymdare
Narrowerbrazenface with defiance or impudence
Broaderchallengeissue a challenge to
Spanishdesafiar, retar
Catalandesafiar
Nounsdefiancea hostile challenge

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