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Definition of rape noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[uncountable, countable] the crime of forcing someone 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
  2. 2[singular] rape (of something) (literary) the act of destroying or spoiling an area in a way that seems unnecessary
  3. 3[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
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