[ UK /dɪfˈa‍ɪ/ ]
[ US /dɪˈfaɪ/ ]
  1. elude, especially in a baffling way
    This behavior defies explanation
  2. resist or confront with resistance
    The bridge held
    The politician defied public opinion
    The new material withstands even the greatest wear and tear
  3. challenge
    I dare you!
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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 [19] 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.
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