Meaning of “rape” in the English Dictionary

"rape" in British English

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rapeverb [ I or T ]

uk /reɪp/ us /reɪp/

B2 to force someone to have sex when they are unwilling, using violence or threatening behaviour:

She was pulled from the car and raped.
It's difficult to understand what causes a man to rape.

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rapenoun

uk /reɪp/ us /reɪp/

rape noun (SEX CRIME)

B2 [ C or U ] (an example of) the crime of forcefully having sex with someone against their wishes:

He had committed several rapes.
He was convicted of rape.

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rape noun (PLANT)

[ U ] also oilseed rape, rapeseed a plant with yellow flowers from which oil and animal food are produced

(Definition of “rape” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"rape" in American English

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rapeverb [ T ]

us /reɪp/

to force someone to have sex when he or she is unwilling

Rape also means to damage or destroy something by using it in an unsuitable way:

Developers are raping the countryside.
rape
noun [ C/U ] us /reɪp/

[ U ] He was convicted of rape.

(Definition of “rape” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)