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"trespass" in British English

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trespassverb [I]

uk   /ˈtres.pəs/ us   /ˈtres.pæs/
  • trespass verb [I] (BREAK LAW)

to go onto someone's land or enter their building without permission: I hope this is a public footpath and we're not trespassing on someone's land.

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trespasser
noun [C] uk   /ˈtres.pə.sər/ us   /ˈtres.pæs.ɚ/
Can't you read the sign? It says "Trespassers will be prosecuted!"
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trespassnoun

uk   /ˈtres.pəs/ us   /ˈtres.pæs/
(Definition of trespass from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"trespass" in American English

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trespassverb [I]

us   /ˈtresˌpæs, -pəs/
to enter someone’s property without permission: I didn’t realize I was trespassing on their land.
trespasser
noun [C] us   /ˈtresˌpæs·ər, -pə·sər/
They have several dogs to keep trespassers out.
(Definition of trespass from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"trespass" in Business English

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trespassnoun [U]

uk   /ˈtrespəs/ us   LAW
the act of going onto land or entering a building without the owner's permission: If you enter oil refinery land, you can be arrested for trespass.

trespassverb [I]

uk   /ˈtrespəs/ us   LAW
to go onto land or enter a building without the owner’s permission: trespassing charges/laws A landlord cannot normally claim that a tenant is trespassing on his property.
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(Definition of trespass from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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“trespass” in American English

“trespass” in Business English

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