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1. A ship privately owned and crewed but authorized by a government during wartime to attack and capture enemy vessels.
2. The commander or one of the crew of such a ship.
intr.v. pri·va·teered, pri·va·teer·ing, pri·va·teers
To sail as a privateer.
1. (Nautical Terms) an armed, privately owned vessel commissioned for war service by a government
2. (Nautical Terms) Also called: privateersman a commander or member of the crew of a privateer
3. a competitor, esp in motor racing, who is privately financed rather than sponsored by a manufacturer
4. (Motor Racing) a competitor, esp in motor racing, who is privately financed rather than sponsored by a manufacturer
5. (Nautical Terms) (intr) to serve as a privateer
1. a privately owned ship commissioned to fight or harass enemy ships.
2. the captain or a crew member of such a vessel.
Past participle: privateered
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|Noun||1.||privateer - an officer or crew member of a privateer|
|2.||privateer - a privately owned warship commissioned to prey on the commercial shipping or warships of an enemy nation|