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English definition of “crime”

crime

noun uk   /kraɪm/ us  
B1 [U] illegal activities: a life of crime rising crime crime prevention petty (= unimportant) crime/serious crime 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). [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.
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