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Meaning of “offend” in the English Dictionary

"offend" in British English

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offendverb

uk   us   /əˈfend/
  • offend verb (UPSET)

B2 [T] to make someone ​upset or ​angry: [+ that] I ​think she was offended that she hadn't been ​invited to the ​party. He ​looked offended when you called him ​middle-aged. If the ​sight of a few ​dirtydishes offends you, then I ​think you're in ​trouble!

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  • I really didn't ​mean to offend her - I just said it ​unthinkingly.
  • I'm ​sorry if I offended you - I didn't ​mean any ​harm.
  • I've never ​knowingly offended him.
  • I didn't ​dare say anything for ​fear of offending him.
  • Richard ​succeeded in offending just about everybody in the ​room!
  • offend verb (COMMIT CRIME)

[I] law to ​commit a ​crime: Obviously if a ​policeofficer offends it's a ​fairlyseriousmatter.
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(Definition of offend from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"offend" in American English

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offendverb [T]

 us   /əˈfend/
to ​cause to be ​upset or to ​hurt the ​feelings of someone, esp. by being ​rude or ​showing a ​lack of ​respect: I ​think she was offended that she wasn’t ​invited to the ​party.
(Definition of offend from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"offend" in Business English

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offendverb

uk   us   /əˈfend/
[I] LAW to ​commit a ​crime: She was ​released from jail, only to offend again three weeks later.
[T] to make someone upset and angry by something you say or do: The ​storerefused to ​stock the ​book in ​case it might offend ​customers. He offended her by implying that she only got the ​job through ​personalcontacts.
(Definition of offend from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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