When you don't follow the rules — especially when they come from a teacher, parent, boss or other authority figure — you disobey.

A first-grader disobeys his teacher when he can't help running in the halls of the school, and a dog will disobey your shouted commands if you haven't trained her very well. When you obey someone's rules, you follow them strictly. The verb disobey combines the Latin obedire, "serve, pay attention to, or listen," with dis, which here means "not." The original Latin version of disobey, inobedire, used in rather than dis.

Definitions of disobey
  1. verb
    refuse to go along with; refuse to follow; be disobedient
    “He disobeyed his supervisor and was fired”
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    be obedient to
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    sit in
    participate in an act of civil disobedience
    counteract, countermine, sabotage, subvert, undermine, weaken
    destroy property or hinder normal operations
    balk, baulk, jib, resist
    refuse to comply
    cause to run off the tracks
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    balk, decline, refuse
    show unwillingness towards
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