crime - definition and synonyms


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  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.

  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.