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Definition of offend verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they offend
    he / she / it offends
    past simple offended
    -ing form offending
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  1. 1[transitive, often passive, intransitive] offend (somebody) to make someone feel upset because of something you say or do that is rude or embarrassing They'll be offended if you don't go to their wedding. Neil did not mean to offend anyone with his joke. She managed to offend her boyfriend's parents as soon as she opened her mouth. A TV interviewer must be careful not to offend.
  2. 2[transitive] offend somebody/something to seem unpleasant to someone The smell from the farm offended some people. an ugly building that offends the eye
  3. 3[intransitive] (formal) to commit a crime or crimes He started offending at the age of 16. What is the best way to stop someone who has offended from repeating the offense?
  4. 4[intransitive] offend (against somebody/something) (formal) to be against what people believe is morally right comments that offend against people's religious beliefs
adjective Alice looked kind of offended.
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