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pirate

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noun pi·rate \ˈpī-rət\

Definition of pirate

  1. :  one who commits or practices piracy

piratical

play \pə-ˈra-ti-kəl, pī-\ adjective

piratically

play \-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of pirate in a sentence

  1. the famous pirate Jean Lafitte

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

Origin and Etymology of pirate

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


First Known Use: 14th century

Other Nautical Terms


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pirate

verb pi·rate

Definition of pirate

pirated

;

pirating

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

  3. 2 :  to take or appropriate by piracy: such asa :  to reproduce without authorization especially in infringement of copyrightb :  to lure away from another employer by offers of betterment

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

Examples of pirate in a sentence

  1. He was accused of pirating their invention.

  2. using pirated software that was subject to copyright

1577

First Known Use of pirate

1577


PIRATE Defined for English Language Learners

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pirate

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noun pi·rate \ˈpī-rət\

Definition of pirate for English Language Learners

  • : 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


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pirate

verb pi·rate

Definition of pirate for English Language Learners

  • : to illegally copy (something) without permission


PIRATE Defined for Kids

pirate

play
noun pi·rate \ˈpī-rət\

Definition of pirate for Students

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


Law Dictionary

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pirate

play
noun pi·rate \ˈpī-rət\

Legal Definition of pirate

  1. :  a person who commits piracy


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pirate

verb pi·rate

Legal Definition of pirate

pirated

pirating

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  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
  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to commit piracy — compare bootleg



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