Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

crime

 - definition
 
 
 
Close

What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.

Close

Thesaurus

The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary entries. Click on the T button in an entry to review the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

more
noun British English pronunciation: crime /kraɪm/ 
Word Forms
Close
singularcrime
pluralcrimes
  1. 1
    [countable] an illegal activity or action
    commit a crime (=do something illegal):

    She was unaware that she had committed a crime.

    the scene of a crime (=where it happened):

    There were no apparent clues at the scene of the crime.

    solve a crime (=find out who did it):

    It was a crime that would take police years to solve.

    1. a.
      [uncountable] illegal activities in general
      fight/combat crime:

      new laws to help us combat crime effectively

      juvenile crime (=crime committed by young people):

      an increase in juvenile crime

      crime prevention:

      Crime prevention experts are helping to make the hospital secure.

      crime rate (=the number of crimes that people commit):

      The crime rate in the city has risen sharply.

      rising crime (=crime that is increasing):

      Rising crime is a key election issue.

      See also  organized crime
  2. 2
    [singular] something that is morally wrong or a mistake
    be a crime to do something:

    It would be a crime to waste all that food.

    Her only crime was to be in love with the wrong man.

conscious uncoupling

the act of ending a marriage or romantic relationship in a way which shows that the two people will remain friends …

BuzzWord Article

Word of the Day

astronomer

someone who studies the stars and planets using scientific equipment including telescopes

Open Dictionary

silver splitter

someone who divorces or separates from his/her partner in late middle age

add a word

Blog

A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog