pirate

1 of 2

noun

pi·​rate ˈpī-rət How to pronounce pirate (audio)
: one who commits or practices piracy
piratical adjective
piratically adverb

pirate

2 of 2

verb

pirated; pirating

transitive verb

1
: to commit piracy on
2
: to take or appropriate by piracy: such as
a
: to reproduce without authorization especially in infringement of copyright
b
: to lure away from another employer by offers of betterment

intransitive verb

: to commit or practice piracy

Examples of pirate in a Sentence

Noun the famous pirate Jean Lafitte A software pirate made bootleg copies of the computer program. Verb He was accused of pirating their invention. using pirated software that was subject to copyright
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Other leagues will take advantage the very second the Premier League stops hurling money around like a drunken pirate, imperiling English dignity. Rory Smith, New York Times, 3 May 2024 The oncoming armada was not soldiers or pirates or kingsmen. Julia Daye, Sacramento Bee, 2 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for pirate 

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

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

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1577, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of pirate was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Pirate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pirate. Accessed 21 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

pirate

1 of 2 noun
pi·​rate ˈpī-rət How to pronounce pirate (audio)
: a person who commits piracy
piratical adjective
piratically adverb

pirate

2 of 2 verb
pirated; pirating
: to take by piracy
pirate an invention

Legal Definition

pirate

1 of 2 noun
pi·​rate ˈpī-rət How to pronounce pirate (audio)
: a person who commits piracy

pirate

2 of 2 verb
pirated; pirating

transitive verb

: to take or appropriate by piracy
especially : to copy, distribute, or use without authorization especially in infringement of copyright
the pirated software
pirating cable signals

intransitive verb

: to commit piracy compare bootleg

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