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Definition 1: challenge - [verb of communication]

Samples where defy or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • I dare you!

Synonyms for defy in the sense of this definition

(defy is a kind of ...) issue a challenge to

"Fischer challenged Spassky to a match"

(... is a kind of defy ) face with defiance or impudence

"brazen it out"

Definition 2: resist or confront with resistance - [verb of stative]

Samples where defy or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The politician defied public opinion
  • The new material withstands even the greatest wear and tear
  • The bridge held

Synonyms for defy in the sense of this definition

(defy is a kind of ...) stand up or offer resistance to somebody or something

(... is a kind of defy ) face and withstand with courage

"She braved the elements"

Definition 3: elude, especially in a baffling way - [verb of stative]

Samples where defy or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • This behavior defies explanation

Synonyms for defy in the sense of this definition

(defy is a kind of ...) be incomprehensible to; escape understanding by

"What you are seeing in him eludes me"

(... is a kind of defy ) be beyond the resources of

"This beggars description!"

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