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pirate

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noun pi·rate \ ˈpī-rət \

Definition of pirate

:one who commits or practices piracy

piratical

play \pə-ˈra-ti-kəl, pī-\ adjective

piratically

play \pə-ˈra-ti-k(ə-)lē, pī-\ adverb

Examples of pirate in a Sentence

  1. the famous pirate Jean Lafitte

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

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Origin and Etymology of pirate

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

pirate Synonyms

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pirate

verb

Definition of pirate

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

  1. He was accused of pirating their invention.

  2. using pirated software that was subject to copyright

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First Known Use of pirate

1577


PIRATE Defined for English Language Learners

pirate

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noun

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


pirate

verb

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

: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

:a person who commits piracy

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pirate

verb

legal Definition of pirate

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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