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pirate

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noun pi·rate \ˈpī-rət\

Simple Definition of pirate

  • : someone who attacks and steals from a ship at sea

  • : someone who illegally copies a product or invention without permission

  • : a person or organization that illegally makes television or radio broadcasts

Full Definition of pirate

  1. :  one who commits or practices piracy

pi·rat·i·cal play \pə-ˈra-ti-kəl, pī-\ adjective
pi·rat·i·cal·ly play \-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of pirate

  1. the famous pirate Jean Lafitte

  2. A software pirate made bootleg copies of the computer program.



Origin of pirate

Middle English, from Middle French or Latin; Middle French, from Latin pirata, from Greek peiratēs, from peiran to attempt — more at fear


First Known Use: 14th century

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pirate

verb pi·rate

Simple Definition of pirate

  • : to illegally copy (something) without permission

Full Definition of pirate

pi·rat·edpi·rat·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to commit piracy on

  3. 2 :  to take or appropriate by piracy: as a :  to reproduce without authorization especially in infringement of copyright b :  to lure away from another employer by offers of betterment

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to commit or practice piracy

Examples of pirate

  1. He was accused of pirating their invention.

  2. <using pirated software that was subject to copyright>



1577

First Known Use of pirate

1577



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