[ UK /dɪfˈaɪ/ ]
[ US /dɪˈfaɪ/ ]
[ US /dɪˈfaɪ/ ]
elude, especially in a baffling way
This behavior defies explanation
resist or confront with resistance
The bridge held
The politician defied public opinion
The new material withstands even the greatest wear and tear
I dare you!
How To Use defy In A Sentence
- The Waterford publicans, who have signified their intention to defy the ban, are following in the footsteps of their colleagues in Kerry, Cork, Donegal and Wexford.
- Spinal injuries defy classifications and generalisations. Times, Sunday Times
- Defying all laws of buoyancy, he continued walking into the water until the surface was a good five feet above him.
- Yet, parasites do not by definition defy vaccines. Parasite Rex
- In fact, it is easy to run out of superlatives for a gig as good as this and I defy anyone to emerge disappointed by what they have seen and heard - these guys are in danger of setting themselves some impossibly high standards.
- There should be a return to selective education because not everyone are equal and I defy anyone to teach a class where the abilities range from genius level to non assessable and full fill the needs of each child. Is someone who left University with a Third Class degree the person to go to for Maths advice
- Defy the tempest & the storm deride is not in the original nor is it good. ποθος  is hardly fierce desire — & all such expressions of ram-cat raptures are bad. by the by she a dark lanthern might have deprived us of this poem. your storm is very good — zounds I sweat at the bare idea of the Letter 138
- Various strategies are devised to arrest or fragment its ongoingness, and to retrieve or redeem moments that seem to stand outside time or otherwise defy it.
- Simply to imagine it is to defy credibility: A phone rings in a boarding house in Mobile, Alabama.
- Basically, you'll be tugged along by a speedboat while standing atop a small surfboard-like platform, all the while performing aerial tricks and deft-defying maneuvers.