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



    BrE BrE//reɪp//
    ; NAmE NAmE//reɪp//
    Types of crime, Crops
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  1. 1[uncountable, countable] the crime of forcing somebody to have sex with you, especially using violence He was charged with rape. a rape victim an increase in the number of reported rapes see also date rape, rapist See related entries: Types of crime
  2. 2[singular] rape (of something) (literary) the act of destroying or spoiling an area in a way that seems unnecessary
  3. 3 (also oilseed rape) [uncountable] a plant with bright yellow flowers, grown as food for farm animals and for its seeds that are used to make oil a field of rape refined rape oil See related entries: Crops
  4. Word Originnoun senses 1 to 2 late Middle English (originally denoting violent seizure of property, later carrying off a woman by force): from Anglo-Norman French rap (noun), raper (verb), from Latin rapere ‘seize’. noun sense 3 late Middle English (originally denoting the turnip plant): from Latin rapum, rapa ‘turnip’.
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