Meaning of “pirate” in the English Dictionary

"pirate" in British English

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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)

"pirate" in American English

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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)

"pirate" in Business English

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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)