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"hack" in British English

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hackverb

uk   us   /hæk/
  • hack verb (CUT)

[I or T, + adv/prep] to ​cut into ​pieces in a ​rough and ​violent way, often without ​aimingexactly: Three ​villagers were hacked to ​death in a ​savageattack. The ​butcher hacked off a ​largechunk of ​meat.UK figurative The ​article had been hacked about (= ​carelesslychanged) so much that it was ​scarcelyrecognizable. [T usually + adv/prep] UK in ​football and rugby, to ​kick the ​ball away or to foul (= ​act against the ​rules) by ​kicking another ​player in the ​leg: He was ​twice hacked down in the second ​half by the other team's ​sweeper.
  • hack verb (INFORMATION)

[I or T] to get into someone else's ​computersystem without ​permission in ​order to ​find out ​information or do something ​illegal: Computer hacking has ​becomewidespread over the last ​decade. A ​programmer had ​managed to hack into some ​top-secretgovernmentdata. He ​claimed they had ​spied on him and ​tried to hack his ​computer. [I or T] to use someone else's ​phonesystem without ​permission, ​especially to ​listen to ​theirspokenmessages: Police told the ​actor that his ​phone had been hacked.
Phrasal verbs

hacknoun [C]

uk   us   /hæk/
(Definition of hack from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"hack" in American English

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hackverb

 us   /hæk/
  • hack verb (CUT)

[I/T] to ​cut something or someone with ​rough or ​unevenmovements: [T] We hacked a ​path through the ​underbrush. [I] He hacked away at the ​logs, ​splitting enough ​wood for a ​fire.
  • hack verb (COMPUTING)

[I] to ​access someone else’s ​computersystem without ​permission in ​order to ​obtain or ​changeinformation: Someone ​managed to hack into the ​companydatabase.

hacknoun [C]

 us   /hæk/
  • hack noun [C] (PERSON)

a ​person who ​willinglyworks or ​actsmostly for ​money or other ​rewards without ​worrying about independence, ​beliefs, or ​reputation: a ​political/​party hack A hack is also a ​writer who ​produces a lot of ​work for ​money without ​caring very much about ​itsquality.
(Definition of hack from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"hack" in Business English

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hackverb [I or T]

uk   us   /hæk/
IT to use a ​computer to ​illegallyaccessinformationstored on another ​computersystem or to ​spread a ​computer virus: hack into sth Two ​employees were ​charged with hacking into the company's ​computersystem and ​changingdata. Studies have revealed that it's fairly ​easy to hack an ​electronicvotingsystem.
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hacknoun [C]

uk   us   /hæk/
disapproving a ​writer, especially a journalist, who ​producesarticles, ​books, etc. that are of ​lowquality: a media/​newspaper hack
disapproving someone who ​works mainly for ​money without worrying about beliefs or the ​opinions of others: a ​political/​party hack
US informal a ​person who ​drives a taxi
IT an ​illegal use of a ​computer to ​accessinformationstored on another ​computersystem or to ​spread a ​computer virus : A hack into an employee's ​emailprovidedaccess to a ​number of ​confidentialdocuments.
(Definition of hack from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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