suicide Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “suicide” in the English Dictionary

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uk   us   /ˈsuː.ɪ.saɪd/

suicide noun (DEATH)

B2 [C or U] the ​act of ​killing yourself ​intentionally, or a ​person who has done this: to attempt/​commit suicide The suicide ​rate among men between the ​ages of 16 and 25 has ​risenalarmingly. Many suicides ​occur in ​prisons.
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suicide noun (DEFEAT)

[U] any ​act that has the ​effect of ​causingyour own ​defeat: [+ to infinitive] As a ​leader he ​knows that it is ​political suicide toappearindecisive.
(Definition of suicide from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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suicidenoun [C/U]

 us   /ˈsu·əˌsɑɪd/
the ​act of ​killing yourself ​intentionally: [U] She threatened to ​commit suicide. Suicide can also refer to any ​act that has the ​effect of causing ​defeat: [U] It would be ​political suicide for him to ​refuse to ​support his own party’s ​platform.
(Definition of suicide from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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