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Definition of corrupt verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they corrupt
    he / she / it corrupts
    past simple corrupted
    -ing form corrupting
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  1. 1[transitive] corrupt somebody to have a bad effect on someone and make them behave in an immoral or dishonest way He was corrupted by power and ambition. the corrupting effects of great wealth
  2. 2[transitive, often passive] corrupt something to change the original form of something, so that it is damaged or spoiled in some way a corrupted form of Buddhism
  3. 3[transitive, intransitive] corrupt (something) (computing) to cause mistakes to appear in a computer file, etc. with the result that the information in it is no longer correct The program has somehow corrupted the system files. corrupted data The disk will corrupt if it is overloaded.
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