Definition of “murder” - English Dictionary

“murder” in British English

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murdernoun [ C or U ]

uk /ˈmɜː.dər/ us /ˈmɝː.dɚ/

B1 the crime of intentionally killing a person:

Two sisters have been charged with (= officially accused of) murder.
There were three murders in the town last year.
The three were convicted of (= proved guilty of) murder.
a murder weapon (= a weapon used to commit a murder)

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murderverb [ T ]

uk /ˈmɜː.dər/ us /ˈmɝː.dɚ/

B1 to commit the crime of intentionally killing a person:

Her husband was murdered by gunmen as she watched.
In the last year, terrorists have murdered several local journalists.

informal If you say you will or could murder someone, you mean you are very angry with them:

If he's late again, I'll murder him!

informal to do or perform something very badly, so that you spoil it completely:

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

“murder” in American English

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murdernoun [ C/U ]

us /ˈmɜr·dər/

the crime of intentionally killing a person:

[ C ] There were three murders in the town last year.
[ U ] He was convicted of murder.

If you say that something is murder, you mean it is very difficult or takes a lot of work:

[ U ] It’s murder finding a parking space in this neighborhood.
murder
verb [ T ] us /ˈmɜr·dər/

Her husband was murdered.
murderer
noun [ C ] us /ˈmɜr·dər·ər/

a convicted murderer

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

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