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offend

verb uk   /əˈfend/ us  

offend verb (UPSET)

B2 [T] to make someone upset or angry: [+ that] I think she was a bit offended that she hadn't been invited to the party. He looked a bit offended when you called him middle-aged. If the sight of a few dirty dishes offends you, then I think you've got problems!
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offend verb (COMMIT CRIME)

[I] law to commit a crime: Obviously if a police officer offends it's a fairly serious matter.
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