I. corrupt cor‧rupt 1 [kəˈrʌpt] adjective
1. LAW using power in a dishonest or illegal way in order to get money or an advantage of some kind:

• Swiss justice, in our experience, is as tough on corrupt bankers as it is on all other criminals.

• people wilfully involved in bribery or other corrupt practices

2. COMPUTING information on a computer that is corrupt has been damaged and can no longer be read or used by a computer:

• The file may contain corrupt data and may cause your machine to crash.

  [m0] II. corrupt corrupt 2 verb [transitive]
1. to encourage someone to behave in an immoral or dishonest way:

• US politics has been corrupted by money and the influence of special interests.

2. COMPUTING to damage information on a computer, so that it can no longer be read or used by a computer:

• viruses which can corrupt and destroy computer data

— corrupted adjective [only before a noun] :

• A corrupted file is a big problem; you might never recover the data.

— corruptible adjective :

• providing arms and money to a corruptible military regime

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corrupt UK US /kəˈrʌpt/ adjective
using your position or power dishonestly or illegally for your own advantage, especially to make money: a corrupt businessman/official/manager, etc. »

On the advice of a corrupt financial adviser, the accused understated their income by tens of thousands of dollars.


corrupt activities/practices

IT used to describe information on a computer that has been damaged or changed in some way and cannot be used: »

corrupt data/files

corrupt UK US /kəˈrʌpt/ verb [T]
to influence someone into doing bad or dishonest things: »

It is said that power can corrupt people.

IT to change or damage the information on a computer file so that it cannot be used: »

Most of the data on the hard drive was corrupted.

Financial and business terms. 2012.


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  • Corrupt — Cor*rupt , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Corrupted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Corrupting}.] 1. To change from a sound to a putrid or putrescent state; to make putrid; to putrefy. [1913 Webster] 2. To change from good to bad; to vitiate; to deprave; to pervert; to …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Corrupt — Cor*rupt (k?r r?pt ), a. [L. corruptus, p. p. of corrumpere to corrupt; cor + rumpere to break. See {Rupture}.] 1. Changed from a sound to a putrid state; spoiled; tainted; vitiated; unsound. [1913 Webster] Who with such corrupt and pestilent… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • corrupt — cor·rupt 1 /kə rəpt/ adj: having an unlawful or evil motive; esp: characterized by improper and usu. unlawful conduct intended to secure a benefit for oneself or another (as by taking or giving bribes) cor·rupt·ly adj cor·rupt·ness n corrupt 2 vt …   Law dictionary

  • corrupt — [adj1] dishonest base, bent, bribable, crooked, debauched, double dealing, exploiting, extortionate, faithless, fast and loose*, fixed, foul, fraudulent, gone to the dogs*, inconstant, iniquitous, knavish, mercenary, nefarious, on the take*, open …   New thesaurus

  • corrupt — mid 14c., from O.Fr. corropt unhealthy, corrupt; uncouth (of language), and directly from L. corruptus, pp. of corrumpere to destroy; spoil, figuratively corrupt, seduce, bribe, from com , intensive prefix (see COM (Cf. com )), + rup , pp. stem… …   Etymology dictionary

  • corrupt — vb deprave, debauch, pervert, *debase Analogous words: degrade, debase, *abase: *ruin, wreck: pollute, defile, *contaminate Contrasted words: reform, amend, *correct …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • corrupt — ► ADJECTIVE 1) willing to act dishonestly in return for money or personal gain. 2) evil or morally depraved. 3) (of a text or computer data) made unreliable by errors or alterations. 4) archaic rotten or putrid. ► VERB 1) make corrupt. 2) …   English terms dictionary

  • corrupt — [kə rupt′] adj. [ME < L corruptus, pp. of corrumpere, to destroy, spoil, bribe < com , together + rumpere, to break: see RUPTURE] 1. Obs. changed from a sound condition to an unsound one; spoiled; contaminated; rotten 2. deteriorated from… …   English World dictionary

  • Corrupt — Cor*rupt (k?r r?pt ), v. i. 1. To become putrid or tainted; to putrefy; to rot. Bacon. [1913 Webster] 2. To become vitiated; to lose purity or goodness. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • corrupt — 01. The former president was obviously [corrupt], and is accused of having stolen millions of dollars from the country. 02. Suspicions of widespread [corruption] in government have resulted in the downfall of the presidency. 03. There is a lot of …   Grammatical examples in English

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