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Meaning & Definition of Defy in English

English

Defy

/dɪfaɪ/

verb

1. Resist or confront with resistance

  • "The politician defied public opinion"
  • "The new material withstands even the greatest wear and tear"
  • "The bridge held"
    synonym:
  • defy
  • ,
  • withstand
  • ,
  • hold
  • ,
  • hold up

2. Elude, especially in a baffling way

  • "This behavior defies explanation"
    synonym:
  • defy
  • ,
  • resist
  • ,
  • refuse

3. Challenge

  • "I dare you!"
    synonym:
  • defy
  • ,
  • dare

Examples of using

I defy you to solve this problem.
I defy you to make it public.