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pirate

pi·rate

pirate

pronunciation:
paI rt
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb, intransitive verb
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: someone who, for private gain, attacks or plunders ships at sea or raids coastal settlements.
synonyms:
buccaneer, corsair, freebooter
similar words:
brigand, marauder, pillager, privateer, raider
definition 2: anyone who robs or plunders.
a Wall Street pirate
synonyms:
bandit, plunderer, raider, robber
similar words:
desperado, despoiler, gangster, looter, outlaw, pillager
definition 3: someone who illegally or unethically copies or uses another's writing, music, ideas, or the like.
a software pirate
synonyms:
bootlegger
similar words:
counterfeiter, forger, plagiarist, plagiarizer
 
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: pirated, pirates, pirating
definition 1: to attack and plunder (a ship at sea).
similar words:
commandeer, hijack, loot, maraud, pillage, plunder, raid
definition 2: to acquire (plunder) through an attack on a ship at sea.
similar words:
hijack, pillage, plunder
definition 3: to copy or use (another's writing, music, ideas, or the like) illegally or unethically.
He pirated three videotapes.
similar words:
appropriate, lift, plagiarize, rip off, steal
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to perform actions characteristic of a pirate.
similar words:
loot, maraud, plunder, privateer, raid
derivations: piratic (adj.), piratical (adj.), piratically (adv.)
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