Meaning of “vice” in the English Dictionary

"vice" in British English

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also vice- uk /vaɪs/ us /vaɪs/

used as part of the title of particular positions. The person who holds one of these positions is next below in authority to the person who holds the full position and can act for them:

the vice captain of the team
a vice admiral

More examples

  • She is vice-chair of the local Conservative party.
  • I was vice captain of the hockey team.
  • He is vice chairman of the debating society.


uk /vaɪs/ us /vaɪs/

vice noun (TOOL)

[ C ] mainly UK US usually vise a tool with two parts that can be moved together by tightening a screw so that an object can be held firmly between them while it is being worked on:

Vices are often used to hold pieces of wood that are being cut or smoothed.
Her hand tightened like a vice around his arm.

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

"vice" in American English

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vicenoun [ C ]

us /vɑɪs/

vice noun [ C ] (MORAL FAULT)

a moral fault or weakness in a person’s character:

His virtues far outnumber his vices.

Vice is also immoral behavior.


us /vɑɪs/

vice prefix (TITLE)

used as part of a title to show the rank of an officer or official of a company or organization, immediately below a president or chairperson:

a vice principal
Vice Premier Zhu Rongji
He served as vice chairman of the federal reserve.
There are three vice presidents in that company.

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

"vice-" in Business English

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also vice uk us HR, MANAGEMENT

used as part of a job title when someone has a position directly below the person in charge:

She was made a vice-president.

(Definition of “vice-” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)