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illegaladjective

uk   /ɪˈliː.ɡəl/  us   /ɪˈliː.ɡəl/
B2 not ​allowed by ​law: a ​campaign to ​stop the illegal ​sale of ​cigarettes to ​children under 16 Prostitution is illegal in some ​countries. It is illegal todrive a ​car that is not ​registered and ​insured. Cocaine, ​LSD, and ​heroin are all illegal drugs/​substances.

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illegally
adverb uk   /ɪˈliː.ɡəl.i/  us   /ɪˈliː.ɡəl.i/
B2 They ​entered the ​country illegally. an illegally ​parkedcar

illegalnoun [C]

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

"illegal" in American English

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illegaladjective

 us   /ɪˈli·ɡəl/
against the ​law: Fireworks are illegal in many ​places.
illegal immigrant/alien
An illegal ​immigrant/​alien is a ​person who has ​entered a ​country without ​governmentpermission.
illegally
adverb  us   /ɪˈli·ɡə·li/
illegally ​obtainedpassports
(Definition of illegal from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"illegal" in Business English

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illegaladjective

uk   us   /ɪˈliːɡəl/
LAW not ​allowed by ​law: According to ​statelaw, smoking is illegal in all ​publicbuildings.illegal (for sb) to do sth It is illegal for a ​company to ​force an ​employee into early ​retirement.make sth illegal The new ​law will make it illegal to ​recordphoneconversations without ​consent. illegal ​sales/​profits/​trades
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IT used to describe a character (= ​letter, ​number, or ​symbol) that you cannot use in a particular ​place on a ​computer, because it may ​create problems: The colon is the only illegal ​character for ​file and ​foldernames.
illegally
adverb
Approximately 500,000 ​workersenter the country illegally each ​year.
(Definition of illegal from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “illegal”
in Korean 불법의…
in Arabic غَيْر قَانُوني…
in Malaysian tidak sah…
in French illégal…
in Russian незаконный…
in Chinese (Traditional) 非法的,違法的…
in Italian illegale…
in Turkish yasadışı, kanuna/yasalara aykırı…
in Polish nielegalny…
in Spanish ilegal…
in Vietnamese bất hợp pháp…
in Portuguese ilegal…
in Thai ผิดกฎหมาย…
in German ungesetzlich…
in Catalan il·legal, il·lícit…
in Japanese 違法の…
in Chinese (Simplified) 非法的,违法的…
in Indonesian hukum…
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