Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “rape”

rape

verb [I or T] uk   /reɪp/ us  
B2 to force someone to have sex when they are unwilling, using violence or threatening behaviour: She was pulled from the car and raped. It's difficult to understand what causes a man to rape.

rape

noun uk   /reɪp/ us  

rape noun (SEX CRIME)

B2 [C or U] (an example of) the crime of forcefully having sex with someone against their wishes: He had committed several rapes. He was convicted of rape.

rape noun (DESTRUCTION)

[U] destruction of the natural world, often for profit: The road builders were accused of the rape of the countryside.

rape noun (PLANT)

[U] (also oilseed rape, rapeseed) a plant with yellow flowers from which oil and animal food are produced
(Definition of rape from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of rape?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “rape” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

hello stranger

said to a person that you know but have not seen for a long time

Word of the Day

Come on – you can do it! Phrasal verbs with ‘come’.

by Liz Walter​,
November 19, 2014
As part of an occasional series on the tricky subject of phrasal verbs, this blog looks at ones formed with the verb ‘come’. If you are reading this blog, I’m sure you already know come from, as it is one of the first things you learn in class: I come from Scotland/Spain.

Read More 

silver splicer noun

November 17, 2014
informal a person who marries in later life Newly retired and now newlywed – rise of the ‘silver splicers’ Reaching pension age becomes a trigger to tie the knot as baby-boomers begin to redefine retirement

Read More