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

      

    offend

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//əˈfend//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈfend//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they offend
    BrE BrE//əˈfend//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈfend//
     
    he / she / it offends
    BrE BrE//əˈfendz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈfendz//
     
    past simple offended
    BrE BrE//əˈfendɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈfendɪd//
     
    past participle offended
    BrE BrE//əˈfendɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈfendɪd//
     
    -ing form offending
    BrE BrE//əˈfendɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈfendɪŋ//
     
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  1. 1  [transitive, often passive, intransitive] offend (somebody) to make somebody feel upset because of something you say or do that is rude or embarrassing They'll be offended if you don't go to their wedding. Neil did not mean to offend anybody with his joke. She managed to offend her boyfriend’s parents as soon as she opened her mouth. A TV interviewer must be careful not to offend. See related entries: Anger
  2. 2[transitive] offend somebody/something to seem unpleasant to somebody The smell from the farm offended some people. an ugly building that offends the eye
  3. 3[intransitive] (formal) to commit a crime or crimes He started offending at the age of 16. What is the best way to stop someone who has offended from repeating the offence?
  4. 4[intransitive] offend (against somebody/something) (formal) to be against what people believe is morally right comments that offend against people’s religious beliefs
  5. Word Origin late Middle English: from Old French offendre, from Latin offendere ‘strike against’.Extra examples He was very sensitive and easily offended. Omit anything that is likely to offend people. She sounded offended when she replied. She stopped mid-sentence, anxious not to offend him. Viewers complained that the broadcast offended against good taste. Neil did not mean to offend anybody with his joke. Some people found his jokes funny but others were deeply offended. They’ll be offended if you don’t go to their wedding.
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