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pirate

noun [C] uk   /ˈpaɪ.rət/ us    /ˈpaɪr.ət/

pirate noun [C] (SHIPS)

B1 a person who sails in a ship and attacks other ships in order to steal from themMiscellaneous criminals

pirate noun [C] (MOVIES/MUSIC)

a person who illegally copies music, films, computer programs, etc., and sells them: software piratesMiscellaneous criminals pirate radio station a radio station that broadcasts without official permissionRadio
piratical
adjective uk   /paɪˈræt.ɪ.kəl/ us    /-ˈræt̬-/ formal

pirate

verb [T] uk   /ˈpaɪ.rət/ us    /ˈpaɪr.ət/
to illegally copy a computer program, music, a film, etc. and sell itForgeryCopying and copiesCopying and copiesForgery
pirated
adjective uk   /ˈpaɪ.rə.tɪd/ us    /ˈpaɪr.ə.t̬ɪd/
a pirated video pirated softwareForgeryCopying and copiesCopying and copiesForgery
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