Meaning of “piracy” in the English Dictionary

"piracy" in British English

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

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piracynoun [ U ]

us /ˈpɑɪ·rə·si/

piracy noun [ U ] (SEA THIEF)

the practice of attacking and stealing from ships at sea

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"piracy" in Business English

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piracynoun [ U ]

uk /ˈpaɪərəsi/ us

IT, LAW the act of illegally copying computer programs, recordings, films, etc. to sell them at much cheaper prices:

combat/crack down on/stamp out piracy Recording companies continue their efforts to combat internet piracy.
Despite a recent crackdown, levels of counterfeiting and piracy in the music and video markets remain unacceptably high.
music/DVD/movie piracy

TRANSPORT the act of illegally attacking a ship and stealing from it:

There are reports of another attempt at piracy off the northwestern coast.

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