Definition of offense noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    noun (North American English) American football
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    BrE BrE//əˈfens//
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈfens//
    [countable] = offence to commit an offense The new law makes it a criminal offense to drink alcohol in public places. a minor/serious offense She pleaded guilty to five traffic offenses.
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    BrE BrE//ˈɒfens//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɔːfens//
    , NAmE//ˈɑːfens//
    [singular + singular or plural verb, uncountable] (British English attack [singular]) (sport) the members of a team whose main aim is to score points against the other team; a method of attack The Redskins' offense is stronger than their defense. He played offense for the Chicago Bulls. See related entries: American football
  3. compare defence
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: offense