privateer

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From private +‎ -eer, on the model of volunteer.

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privateer (plural privateers)

  1. (nautical) A privately owned warship that had official sanction to attack enemy ships and take possession of their cargo.
  2. An officer or any other member of the crew of such a ship.
    • Macaulay
      Kidd soon threw off the character of a privateer and became a pirate.
  3. (motor racing) A private individual entrant into a race or competition who does not have the backing of a large, professional team.

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privateer (third-person singular simple present privateers, present participle privateering, simple past and past participle privateered)

  1. To function under official sanction permitting attacks on enemy shipping and seizing ship and cargo; to engage in government-sponsored piracy.

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