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rape

verb [I or T] uk   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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rape

noun uk   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 (DESTRUCTION)

[U] destruction of the natural world, often for profit: The road builders were accused of the rape of the countryside.

rape noun (PLANT)

[U] (also oilseed rape, rapeseed) a plant with yellow flowers from which oil and animal food are produced
Translations of “rape”
in Arabic يَغتَصِب…
in Korean 강간하다…
in Malaysian rogol, ragut…
in French viol…
in Turkish ırza geçmek, tecavüz etmek…
in Italian stuprare…
in Chinese (Traditional) 強姦, 強暴…
in Russian насиловать…
in Polish zgwałcić…
in Vietnamese sự hiếp dâm, sự cướp đoạt…
in Spanish violación…
in Portuguese estuprar…
in Thai การข่มขืน, การทำลาย…
in German die Vergewaltigung, der Raub…
in Catalan violar…
in Japanese ~を強姦(かん)する, レイプする…
in Indonesian perkosaan, perusakan…
in Chinese (Simplified) 强奸, 强暴…
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