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"corrupt" in British English

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corruptadjective

uk   /kəˈrʌpt/ us   /kəˈrʌpt/

corruptverb [T]

uk   /kəˈrʌpt/ us   /kəˈrʌpt/
  • corrupt verb [T] (MAKE BAD)

C1 to make someone or something become dishonest or immoral: The study claimed that violence on television corrupts the minds of children.
corruptible
adjective uk   /kəˈrʌp.tə.bəl/ us   /kəˈrʌp.tə.bəl/
Perhaps some systems of government are more corruptible than others.
(Definition of corrupt from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"corrupt" in American English

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corruptadjective

us   /kəˈrʌpt/
dishonest and willing to use your position or power to your own advantage, esp. for money: It’s been called the most politically corrupt city in the nation.
Corrupt also means bad: Your philosophy is corrupt.
corruption
noun [U] us   /kəˈrʌp·ʃən/
political corruption

corruptverb [T]

us   /kəˈrʌpt/
to make someone dishonest and willing to use their position or power for personal advantage, esp. to get money: Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Don’t let your friends corrupt you (= have a bad moral influence on you).
If information in a computer is corrupted, it is damaged and can no longer be used.
(Definition of corrupt from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"corrupt" in Business English

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corruptadjective

uk   /kəˈrʌpt/ us  
using your position or power dishonestly or illegally for your own advantage, especially to make money: a corrupt businessman/official/manager, etc. On the advice of a corrupt financial adviser, the accused understated their income by tens of thousands of dollars. corrupt activities/practices
IT used to describe information on a computer that has been damaged or changed in some way and cannot be used: corrupt data/files

corruptverb [T]

uk   /kəˈrʌpt/ us  
to influence someone into doing bad or dishonest things: It is said that power can corrupt people.
IT to change or damage the information on a computer file so that it cannot be used: Most of the data on the hard drive was corrupted.
(Definition of corrupt from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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