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de•fy



Pronunciation: (
v.di-fī';
n.di-fī', dē'fī),
[key]
v., -fied, -fy•ing,
n., pl. -fies.


v.t.
1. to challenge the power of; resist boldly or openly: to defy parental authority.
2. to offer effective resistance to: a fort that defies attack.
3. to challenge (a person) to do something deemed impossible: They defied him to dive off the bridge.
4. Archaic.to challenge to a combat or contest.

n.
a challenge; a defiance.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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