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Meaning of “crime” in the English Dictionary

"crime" in British English

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crimenoun

uk   us   /kraɪm/
B1 [U] illegalactivities: a ​life of crime rising crime crime ​prevention petty (= ​unimportant) crime/serious crimeB1 [C] an ​illegalact: He has ​admitted committing several crimes, ​includingfraud. 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 ​sillyact or ​situation: To have hundreds of ​homelesspeoplesleeping in the ​streets of a ​richcity like London is a crime . It would be a crime (= a ​waste) tospend such a ​beautifuldayindoors.

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(Definition of crime from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"crime" in American English

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crimenoun [C/U]

 us   /krɑɪm/
an ​action or ​activity that is against the ​law, or ​illegalactivitygenerally: [U] Violent crime has been ​reduced. [C] It’s a crime to ​yell "​fire" in a ​crowdedtheater if there isn’t one. [C] If you ​commit a crime, you will be ​punished. People say something is a crime if it is ​wrong: [C usually sing] It’s a crime that ​people go to ​bedhungry in this ​country.
(Definition of crime from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"crime" in Business English

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crimenoun

uk   us   /kraɪm/ LAW
[U] illegalactivities: The ​area was plagued with ​failing schools, rising crime and ​poorhealthcare. Unemployment is associated with a ​rising crime ​rate. crime prevention petty/serious crime The ​judicialsystem has been too ​soft on ​corruption and white-collar crime. The ​number of ​cases of computer crime has continued to ​increase. The new ​database will ​help in the fight against ​identityfraud and organized crime.combat/tackle crime Most ​localstores were involved in the ​initiative to ​tackleretail crime.
[C] an ​illegalact: commit a crime The ​formerchiefexecutive had ​committed a crime and was ​brought to ​justice.be accused of/charged with/convicted of a crime The ​defendant is ​accused of a ​range of crimes, from ​fraud to ​embezzlement of ​companyfunds.
(Definition of crime from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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