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pirate

[pahy-ruh t] /ˈpaɪ rət/
noun
1.
a person who robs or commits illegal violence at sea or on the shores of the sea.
2.
a ship used by such persons.
3.
any plunderer, predator, etc.:
confidence men, slumlords, and other pirates.
4.
a person who uses or reproduces the work or invention of another without authorization.
5.
Also called pirate stream. Geology. a stream that diverts into its own flow the headwaters of another stream, river, etc.
verb (used with object), pirated, pirating.
6.
to commit piracy upon; plunder; rob.
7.
to take by piracy:
to pirate gold.
8.
to use or reproduce (a book, an invention, etc.) without authorization or legal right:
to pirate hit records.
9.
to take or entice away for one's own use:
Our competitor is trying to pirate our best salesman.
verb (used without object), pirated, pirating.
10.
to commit or practice piracy.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English < Latin pīrāta < Greek peirātḗs, equivalent to peirā-, variant stem of peirân to attack + -tēs agent noun suffix
Related forms
piratelike, adjective
piratical
[pahy-rat-i-kuh l, pi-] /paɪˈræt ɪ kəl, pɪ-/ (Show IPA),
piratic, adjective
piratically, adverb
unpirated, adjective
unpiratical, adjective
unpiratically, adverb
Synonyms
1. freebooter, buccaneer, corsair, plunderer.
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Examples for pirate
  • None of those practices have eliminated underground pirate networks on many campuses.
  • Somewhere on the world's waterways, a pirate will try to strike today.
  • Play a game by guessing pirate captains, ships, and treasures.
  • The green dot is the first pirate counted and the red dot is the captain.
  • Any attempt to intervene will end in more deaths, says a pirate source.
  • So, it's not about being a pirate but being offered the means to be legal.
  • Take to the high seas and see how much pirate lore you know.
  • The authorities should also go after the dozen known kingpins who back the pirate gangs.
  • Better to move them all and leave their thieving, killing members to themselves and their pirate ships.
  • He eventually died in peace-a rare ending for a pirate.
British Dictionary definitions for pirate

pirate

/ˈpaɪrɪt/
noun
1.
a person who commits piracy
2.
  1. a vessel used by pirates
  2. (as modifier) a pirate ship
3.
a person who illicitly uses or appropriates someone else's literary, artistic, or other work
4.
  1. a person or group of people who broadcast illegally
  2. (as modifier) a pirate radio station
verb
5.
(transitive) to use, appropriate, or reproduce (artistic work, ideas, etc) illicitly
Derived Forms
piratical (paɪˈrætɪkəl), piratic, adjective
piratically, adverb
Word Origin
C15: from Latin pīrāta, from Greek peirātēs one who attacks, from peira an attempt, attack
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Word Origin and History for pirate
n.

c.1300 (mid-13c. as a surname), from Latin pirata "sailor, corsair, sea robber" (source of Spanish, Italian pirata, Dutch piraat, German Pirat), literally "one who attacks (ships)," from Greek peirates "brigand, pirate," literally "one who attacks," from peiran "to attack, make a hostile attempt on, try," from peira "trial, an attempt, attack," from PIE root *per- "try" (cf. Latin peritus "experienced," periculum "trial, experiment; attempt on or against; enterprise;" see peril). An Old English word for it was sæsceaða. Meaning "one who takes another's work without permission" first recorded 1701; sense of "unlicensed radio broadcaster" is from 1913.

v.

1570s, from pirate (n.). Related: Pirated; pirating.

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