crime / kram / noun ***
1 [count] an illegal activity or action:
commit a crime (=do something illegal): She was unaware that she had committed a crime.
the scene of a crime (=where it happened): There were no apparent clues at the scene of the crime.
solve a crime (=find out who did it): It was a crime that would take police years to solve.
1a. [uncount] illegal activities in general:
fight/combat crime: new laws to help us combat crime effectively
juvenile crime (=crime committed by young people): an increase in juvenile crime
organized crime (=secret organizations that commit a lot of crimes): There were stories about links between the government and organized crime.
crime prevention: Crime prevention experts are helping to make the hospital secure.
crime rate (=the number of crimes that people commit): The crime rate in the city has risen sharply.
rising crime (=crime that is increasing): Rising crime is a key election issue.
1b. a crime against humanity [count] a very serious crime that makes a lot of people suffer, often committed during a war
2 [singular] something that is wrong or a mistake:
be a crime to do something: It's not a crime to be curious.
Her only crime was to be in love with the wrong man.

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