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 defy defy

verb

  • () resist or confront with resistance  ( hold, hold up, withstand, defy )
    resist or confront with resistance
     The politician defied public opinion
    The politician defied public opinion
     The new material withstands even the greatest wear and tear
    The new material withstands even the greatest wear and tear
     The bridge held
    The bridge held
  • () elude, especially in a baffling way  ( defy, refuse, resist )
    elude, especially in a baffling way
     This behavior defies explanation
    This behavior defies explanation
  • () challenge  ( defy, dare )
    challenge
     I dare you!
    I dare you!