Definition of “victim” - English Dictionary

“victim” in English

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victimnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈvɪk.tɪm/ us /ˈvɪk.təm/

B2 someone or something that has been hurt, damaged, or killed or has suffered, either because of the actions of someone or something else, or because of illness or chance:

to provide financial aid to hurricane/flood, etc. victims
victims of crime
The children are the innocent/helpless victims of the fighting.
The new drug might help save the lives of cancer victims.
We appear to have been the victims of a cruel practical joke.
Our local hospital has become the latest victim of the cuts in government spending.
fall victim to sth

to be hurt, damaged, or killed because of something or someone:

In 1948, Gandhi fell victim to a member of a Hindu gang.
The company has fallen victim to increased competition.

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

“victim” in American English

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victimnoun [ C ]

us /ˈvɪk·təm/

a person who has suffered the effects of violence or illness or bad luck:

an accident victim
She’s just a victim of circumstances beyond her control.
noun [ U ] us /ˌvɪk·tə·məˈzeɪ·ʃən/

National reports of victimization show a decline in certain kinds of crime.
verb [ T ] us /ˈvɪk·təˌmɑɪz/

One survey showed the number of companies victimized by computer theft rose to 83 percent this year.

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