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piratenoun [C]

uk   /ˈpaɪ.rət/ us   /ˈpaɪr.ət/

pirateverb [T]

uk   /ˈpaɪ.rət/ us   /ˈpaɪr.ət/
to illegally copy a computer program, music, a film, etc. and sell it

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pirated
adjective uk   /ˈpaɪ.rə.tɪd/ us   /ˈpaɪr.ə.t̬ɪd/
a pirated video pirated software
(Definition of pirate from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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pirateverb [T]

us   /ˈpɑɪ·rət/
  • pirate verb [T] (COPY)

to illegally copy and sell something, such as recorded music, a film, etc., without permission: A lot of this software is pirated.

piratenoun [C]

us   /ˈpɑɪ·rət/
  • pirate noun [C] (SEA THIEF)

a person who sails on the sea and attacks and steals from other ships
(Definition of pirate from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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piratenoun [C]

uk   /ˈpaɪrət/ us  
IT, LAW a person or organization that makes illegal copies of software, films, recordings, etc., to sell them at much cheaper prices: Copyright laws have introduced tough new sentences for software pirates. In order to deal with the pirate industry, technology has had to be supplemented by legislation. pirate CD/DVD/software pirate movies/music/goods pirate copy/download
TRANSPORT a person who attacks ships to steal from them: The pirates attempted to board the oil tanker.
pirate radio station
a radio station that broadcasts illegally: Several pirate radio stations were run by the rebel fighters.

pirateverb [T]

uk   /ˈpaɪrət/ us   IT, LAW
to make illegal copies of software, films, recordings, etc., to sell them at much cheaper prices: The factory manager claims his employees are not pirating famous brands. More than 90% of all CDs, DVDs, and computer software sold in the region have been pirated.
pirating
noun [U]
the pirating of computer software on the internet
(Definition of pirate from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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