Definition of “offense” - English Dictionary

“offense” in American English

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us /əˈfens/

offense noun (BAD FEELINGS)

[ U ] the condition of having your feelings hurt esp. because someone has been rude or showed a lack of respect:

Do you think he took offense (= was upset) at the joke about his age?

offense noun (CRIME)

[ C ] an illegal act; crime:

He was charged with the offense of driving without a license.

offensenoun [ U ]

us /ˈɔ·fens, ˈɑf·ens/

offense noun [ U ] (SCORING ABILITY)

(in sports) the ability to score points in a competition, or, esp. in football, the team that has the ball and is trying to score points

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

“offense” in Business English

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uk /əˈfens/ us US

→  offence

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