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pirates

noun
plural of pirate

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(Entry 1 of 2)

someone who engages in robbery of ships at sea
  • Sir Francis Drake was a British pirate who preyed on Spanish ships with the connivance of Elizabeth I

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pirates

verb
present tense third-person singular of pirate

Synonyms of pirates (Entry 2 of 2)

to take or make use of under a guise of authority but without actual right
  • using pirated software that was subject to copyright

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“Pirates.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/pirates. Accessed 19 Aug. 2022.

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