Definition of corrupt verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    corrupt

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    verb
    BrE BrE//kəˈrʌpt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kəˈrʌpt//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they corrupt
    BrE BrE//kəˈrʌpt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kəˈrʌpt//
     
    he / she / it corrupts
    BrE BrE//kəˈrʌpts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kəˈrʌpts//
     
    past simple corrupted
    BrE BrE//kəˈrʌptɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kəˈrʌptɪd//
     
    past participle corrupted
    BrE BrE//kəˈrʌptɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kəˈrʌptɪd//
     
    -ing form corrupting
    BrE BrE//kəˈrʌptɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kəˈrʌptɪŋ//
     
    Computer problems
     
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  1. 1[transitive] corrupt somebody to have a bad effect on somebody and make them behave in an immoral or dishonest way He was corrupted by power and ambition. the corrupting effects of great wealth
  2. 2[transitive, often passive] corrupt something to change the original form of something, so that it is damaged or spoiled in some way a corrupted form of Buddhism
  3. 3 [transitive, intransitive] corrupt (something) (computing) to cause mistakes to appear in a computer file, etc. with the result that the information in it is no longer correct The program has somehow corrupted the system files. corrupted data The disk will corrupt if it is overloaded. See related entries: Computer problems
  4. Word Origin Middle English: from Latin corruptus, past participle of corrumpere ‘mar, bribe, destroy’, from cor- ‘altogether’ + rumpere ‘to break’.
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