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English definition of “corrupt”


verb [T]    /kəˈrʌpt/
to make someone dishonest and willing to use their position or power for personal advantage , esp . to get money : Power corrupts , and absolute power corrupts absolutely . Don’t let your friends corrupt you (= have a bad moral influence on you). If information in a computer is corrupted , it is damaged and can no longer be used.
(Definition of corrupt verb from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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