Meaning of RAPE in English


transcription, транскрипция: [ reɪp ]

( rapes, raping, raped)

Frequency: The word is one of the 3000 most common words in English.


If someone is raped , they are forced to have sex, usually by violence or threats of violence.

A young woman was brutally raped in her own home...

They’d held him down and raped him.

VERB : be V-ed , V n


Rape is the crime of forcing someone to have sex.

Almost ninety per cent of all rapes and violent assaults went unreported.



The rape of an area or of a country is the destruction or spoiling of it. ( LITERARY )

As a result of the rape of the forests, parts of the country are now short of water.

N-SING : the N of n


Rape is a plant with yellow flowers which is grown as a crop. Its seeds are crushed to make cooking oil. ( AM; in BRIT, use oilseed rape )


see also date rape , gang rape , oilseed rape

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