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Definition of murder noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[uncountable, countable] the crime of killing someone deliberately synonym homicide He was found guilty of murder. She has been charged with the attempted murder of her husband. to commit (a) murder a murder case/investigation/trial The rebels were responsible for the mass murder of 400 civilians. What was the murder weapon? The play is a murder mystery. Topic CollocationsCrimecommitting a crime commit a crime/a murder/a violent assault/a brutal killing/an armed robbery/fraud/perjury be involved in terrorism/a suspected arson attack/human smuggling/human trafficking engage/participate in criminal activity/illegal practices/acts of mindless vandalism steal somebody's wallet/purse/watch/cell phone rob a bank/a person/a tourist break into/burglarize a house/a home/an apartment/an office hijack a plane/ship/bus smuggle drugs/weapons/arms/people/immigrants launder (drug) money (through something) forge documents/certificates/passports take/accept/pay somebody/offer (somebody) a bribe run a phishing scam/an e-mail scam/an Internet scamfighting crime combat/fight crime/terrorism/drug trafficking/corruption prevent/stop credit-card fraud/child abuse/software piracy deter/stop criminals/burglars/thieves/shoplifters/vandals reduce/tackle/crack down on gun/violent/street/property crime foil a bank robbery/a terrorist plot help/support/protect the victims of crimeinvestigating crime report a crime/a theft/a rape/an attack/an incident to the police witness a crime/an attack/a murder/an incident investigate a murder/a homicide/a burglary/a robbery/the alleged incident conduct/launch/pursue/open an investigation (into…) investigate/reopen a criminal/murder case examine/investigate/find fingerprints at the crime scene/the scene of crime collect/gather forensic evidence/physical evidence uncover/discover new evidence/a fraud/a scam/a plot/a conspiracy/political corruption/a cache of weapons describe/identify a suspect/the culprit/the perpetrator/the assailant/the attacker question/interrogate a suspect/witness solve/crack the case ⇨ more collocations at justice compare manslaughter
  2. 2[uncountable] (informal) used to describe something that is difficult or unpleasant It's murder trying to get to the airport at this time of day. It was murder (= very busy and unpleasant) in the office today.
  3. Idioms
    get away with murder (informal) (often humorous)
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    to do whatever you want without being stopped or punished
    scream bloody murder
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    to scream loudly and for a long time, especially in order to protest about something
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: murder