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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 de·fy /dɪˈfaɪ, di-/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 de·fy v. t. [imp. & p. p. Defied p. pr. & vb. n. Defying.]
 1. To renounce or dissolve all bonds of affiance, faith, or obligation with; to reject, refuse, or renounce. [Obs.]
    I defy the surety and the bond.   --Chaucer.
    For thee I have defied my constant mistress.   --Beau. & Fl.
 2. To provoke to combat or strife; to call out to combat; to challenge; to dare; to brave; to set at defiance; to treat with contempt; as, to defy an enemy; to defy the power of a magistrate; to defy the arguments of an opponent; to defy public opinion.
 I once again
 Defy thee to the trial of mortal fight.   --Milton.
    I defy the enemies of our constitution to show the contrary.   --Burke.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 de·fy n. A challenge. [Obs.]

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      v 1: resist or confront with resistance; "The politician defied
           public opinion"; "The new material withstands even the
           greatest wear and tear"; "The bridge held" [syn: withstand,
            hold, hold up]
      2: elude, especially in a baffling way; "This behavior defies
         explanation" [syn: resist, refuse] [ant: lend oneself]
      3: challenge; "I dare you!" [syn: dare]
      [also: defied]