defy
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defy(
dih
-
fay
)
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to oppose)
a. desafiar
The lieutenant had saved many lives, but he had also defied the general's orders.El teniente había salvado muchas vidas, pero también había desafiado las órdenes del general.
b. retar
The duke was punished for defying the king in front of the whole court.El duque fue castigado por haber retado al rey delante de toda la corte.
c. desobedecer
How dare you defy me? I said you couldn't go to the movies, and you went anyway.¿Cómo te atreves a desafiarme? Te dije que no podías ir al cine, y te fuiste de todas maneras.
d. desacatar
This child is impossible; he's always defying my orders!Este niño es imposible; ¡siempre desacata mis ordenes!
2. (to dare)
a. desafiar
I defy you to answer the question without searching online for it.Te desafío a que respondas la pregunta sin buscar la respuesta en el Internet.
3. (to elude)
a. desafiar
When Michael Jordan goes up for a dunk, he seems to defy gravity.Cuando Michael Jordan salta para encestar el balón, parece desafiar la ley de la gravedad.
4. (to disregard)
a. desafiar
Phillipe Petit defied death when he crossed the span between the Twin Towers on a tightrope.Phillipe Petit desafió a la muerte cuando atravesó el espacio entre las Torres Gemelas en una cuerda floja.
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defy
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (general)
a. desafiar
to defy descriptionser indescriptible
to defy somebody to do somethingdesafiar a alguien a hacer or a que haga algo
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defy [dɪˈfaɪ]
transitive verb
1 (challenge) [+person] desafiar; retar
I defy you to do it te desafío a hacerlo
2 (refuse to obey) [+person] desobedecer; enfrentarse a; [+order] contravenir
3 (fly in the face of)
it defies definition se escapa a toda definición; it defies description resulta imposible describirlo; es indescriptible; to defy gravity desafiar la ley de la gravedad; people defied the bad weather to get away for Easter a pesar del mal tiempo, la gente salió de vacaciones durante la Semana Santa; to defy death (face without fear) desafiar a la muerte; (narrowly escape) escapar de una muerte segura
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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