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Meaning of “plunder” in the English Dictionary

"plunder" in British English

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plunderverb

uk   /ˈplʌn.dər/  us   /-dɚ/
[I or T] to ​stealgoodsviolently from a ​place, ​especially during a ​war: After the ​presidentfled the ​country, the ​palace was plundered by ​soldiers. Tragically, the ​graves were plundered and the ​contentsscattered. [T] to ​steal or ​remove something ​precious from something, in a way that does not ​considermorallaws or is more ​severe than it need be: Someone has been plundering ​funds from the ​company. The ​future of ​ourplanet is in ​danger if we ​continue to plunder ​itsresources as we do.
plunderer
noun [C] uk   /r/  us   //

plundernoun [U]

uk   /ˈplʌn.dər/  us   /-dɚ/
an ​occasion when ​goods are ​stolen from a ​place, ​especiallyviolently or during a ​war, or these ​stolengoods: Residents in the ​villages under ​attack have been ​unable to ​protecttheirhomes from plunder. The ​thieveshidtheir plunder in the ​woodshed. a ​situation in which something is taken in a way that is not ​morallyright or is too ​extreme: We need to put a ​stop to the plunder of the ​rainforest.
(Definition of plunder from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"plunder" in American English

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plunderverb [I/T]

 us   /ˈplʌn·dər/
to ​stealgoodsforcefully from a ​place, esp. during a ​war: [I] After the ​battle the ​soldiersbeganlooting and plundering. [T] fig. He plundered (= took from) his ​balletscores in writing his ​lateroperas.
plunder
noun [U]  us   /ˈplʌn·dər/
We ​met after ​school and ​dividedour plunder so each ​boy would have about the same ​amount.
(Definition of plunder from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"plunder" in Business English

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plunderverb [T]

uk   us   /ˈplʌndər/
to ​steal or take large ​amounts of ​money or ​goods from a ​place: A ​lawsuit is being ​launched against him ​claiming that he and his ​associates have plundered more than $300m from the ​company over the ​years. Years of military ​rule have plundered the nation's ​wealth.

plundernoun [U]

uk   us   /ˈplʌndər/
the ​act of ​stealing or taking large ​amounts of ​money or ​goods from a ​place: Small ​firms are often seen as ripe for plunder. corporate/​economic/​financial plunder
(Definition of plunder from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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