pirate

noun
pi·rate | \ˈpī-rət \

Definition of pirate 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: one who commits or practices piracy

pirate

verb
pirated; pirating

Definition of pirate (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Other Words from pirate

Noun

piratical \pə-ˈra-ti-kəl, pī- \ adjective
piratically \pə-ˈra-ti-k(ə-)lē, pī- \ adverb

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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

While robotic buccaneers will no longer be offering mechanical brides to the highest anomatronic bidders, the attraction maintains other stereotypical pirate behaviors. Scott Craven, USA TODAY, "Disneyland's 'Pirates' ride to reopen with new female pirate, without bride auction," 7 June 2018 Renting the pirate boats will run between $25 and $35 per half-hour, depending on how many people are onboard. Chris Kaltenbach, baltimoresun.com, "Pirate ships launch at the Inner Harbor," 23 May 2018 But as the pirate legend says, dead men tell no tales, so no one really knew where the ship had gone down . . . or what happened to the other two crew members. Chuck Yarborough, cleveland.com, "Lost for 189 years, has the Lake Serpent been found in Lake Erie? Dives this summer to confirm," 23 Apr. 2018 The buzzed, middle-aged man wearing a belt full of beer cans cheered when the pirate ship sprayed water from two hoses on the side. Taylor Seely, azcentral, "Country Thunder AZ as a first-timer: 'Oh wow, so that just happened.'," 5 Apr. 2018 Across all categories, the U.S. led the way in pirate site visits with 27.9 billion, followed (in order) by Russia (20.6 billion), India (17 billion), Brazil (12.7 billion) and Turkey (11.9 billion). Dan Rys, Billboard, "Music Piracy Grew 14.7 Percent in 2017, But Positive Signs Exist: Study," 21 Mar. 2018 In 1997 the company altered a scene that showed lusty pirates chasing after frightened women. The Economist, "Pirates and #MeToo," 15 Mar. 2018 The legacy: As legend holds, Barthelemy Lafon was a smuggler and pirate in league with Jean Lafitte. Mike Scott, NOLA.com, "How did New Orleans get its muses streets? Well, it starts with a pirate ...," 22 May 2018 There aren't many pirates left, but back in the 16th century, when Barbarossa was ripping around the Mediterranean, visitors were probably glad for the fortifications. The Editors Of Gq, GQ, "8 European Beach Vacations That’ll Make Your Instagram Friends Jealous," 28 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

This year, Sony, which owns World Cup broadcast rights in India, has already issued a warning to potential streaming sites that may try and pirate 2018 matches. Kurt Wagner, Recode, "World Cup’s soccer highlights will put social media’s copyright tools to the test," 15 June 2018 FlightSimLab owner Lefteris Kalamaras actually confirmed that this was the case in a forum post, but asserted that this functionality was only turned against users running software that the company has deemed to be pirated. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "Flight Simulator Software Packed in Password-Stealing Malware to Battle Piracy," 20 Feb. 2018 SurfSafe will also help users to identify whether an image was pirated from another site and flag visuals that have been photoshopped. Rachel Gutman, The Atlantic, "A Web Tool That Lets People Choose Their Own ‘Sources of Truth’," 29 June 2018 The lawsuit against Dragon Media says the box and the software provided by Dragon Media greatly simplify the process of viewing pirated video. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "“Free TV” box lawyer says video industry is “digging its own grave”," 17 Jan. 2018 The photos are childhood snapshots of Ms. Perry and her twin brother, Sandy, who was one of the N.C.A.A. basketball players whose likenesses were pirated, just a few years ago, by the video game company E.A. Sports. Martha Schwendener, Jason Farago And Will Heinrich, New York Times, "What to See in New York Art Galleries This Week," 24 Jan. 2018 Set in the year 2144, Autonomous follows Jack, a rogue scientist who pirates life-saving drugs for people who can’t afford them. Tiffany Kelly, Popular Mechanics, "The 13 Best Science Fiction Books of 2017," 29 Dec. 2017 About 70% of the software in use in China, for example, is pirated. James Bacchus, WSJ, "How to Take On China Without Starting a Trade War," 16 Aug. 2017 Truex could have crashed Busch — practically everyone else crashed somebody — and pirated the win, but Truex played nice and finished second. Mike Hembree, USA TODAY, "Analysis: Martinsville ends in chaos, hard feelings as Kyle Busch prevails," 29 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of pirate

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1577, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for pirate

Noun

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

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More Definitions for pirate

pirate

noun

English Language Learners Definition of pirate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

pirate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of pirate (Entry 2 of 2)

: to illegally copy (something) without permission

pirate

noun
pi·rate | \ˈpī-rət \

Kids Definition of pirate

: a robber of ships at sea : a person who commits piracy

pirate

noun
pi·rate | \ˈpī-rət \

Legal Definition of pirate 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: a person who commits piracy

pirate

verb
pirated; pirating

Legal Definition of pirate (Entry 2 of 2)

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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