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"pirate" in British English

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piratenoun [C]

uk   /ˈpaɪ.rət/  us   /ˈpaɪr.ət/

pirate noun [C] (SHIPS)

B1 a ​person who ​sails in a ​ship and ​attacks other ​ships in ​order to ​steal from them

pirate noun [C] (MOVIES/MUSIC)

a ​person who ​illegallycopiesmusic, ​films, ​computerprograms, etc., and ​sells them: software piratespirate radio/television station a ​radio or ​televisionstation that ​broadcasts without ​officialpermission
piratical
adjective uk   /paɪˈræt.ɪ.kəl/  us   /-ˈræt̬-/ formal

pirateverb [T]

uk   /ˈpaɪ.rət/  us   /ˈpaɪr.ət/
to ​illegallycopy a ​computerprogram, ​music, a ​film, etc. and ​sell it
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 ​illegallycopy and ​sell something, such as ​recordedmusic, 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   us   /ˈpaɪrət/
IT, LAW a ​person or ​organization that makes ​illegalcopies of ​software, films, recordings, etc., to ​sell them at much ​cheaperprices: 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 ​oiltanker.
pirate radio station a radio ​station that ​broadcastsillegally: Several pirate radio ​stations were ​run by the rebel fighters.

pirateverb [T]

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