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plunderverb

uk   /ˈplʌn.dər/  us   /ˈplʌn.dɚ/
[I or T] to steal goods violently from a place, especially during a war: After the president fled the country, the palace was plundered by soldiers. Tragically, the graves were plundered and the contents scattered.
[T] to steal or remove something precious from something, in a way that does not consider moral laws or is more severe than it need be: Someone has been plundering funds from the company. The future of our planet is in danger if we continue to plunder its resources as we do.
plunderer
noun [C] uk   /ˈplʌn.dər.ər/  us   /ˈplʌn.dɚ.ɚ/

plundernoun [U]

uk   /ˈplʌn.dər/  us   /ˈplʌn.dɚ/
an occasion when goods are stolen from a place, especially violently or during a war, or these stolen goods: Residents in the villages under attack have been unable to protect their homes from plunder. The thieves hid their plunder in the woodshed.
a situation in which something is taken in a way that is not morally right or is too extreme: We need to put a stop to the plunder of the rain forest.
(Definition of plunder from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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plunderverb [I/T]

 us   /ˈplʌn·dər/
to steal goods forcefully from a place, esp. during a war: [I] After the battle the soldiers began looting and plundering. [T] fig. He plundered (= took from) his ballet scores in writing his later operas.
plunder
noun [U]  us   /ˈplʌn·dər/
We met after school and divided our plunder so each boy would have about the same amount.
(Definition of plunder from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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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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