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English definition of “crime”

crime

noun     /kraɪm/
B1 [U] illegal activities : a life of crime rising crime crime prevention petty (= unimportant ) crime/ serious crimeCrime - general words B1 [C] an illegal act : He has admitted committing several crimes , including fraud . The defendant is accused of/ charged with a range of crimes , from theft to murder . A knife was found at the scene of the crime (= the place where the crime happened ). Bombing civilians is a crime against humanity (= a cruel crime against many people ).Crime - general words [S] an unacceptable or very silly act or situation : To have hundreds of homeless people sleeping in the streets of a rich city like London is a crime . It would be a crime (= a waste ) to spend such a beautiful day indoors .Difficult situations and unpleasant experiencesAccidents and disasters
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