Privateer meaning

prī'və-tîr'
A ship privately owned and crewed but authorized by a government during wartime to attack and capture enemy vessels.
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The commander or one of the crew of such a ship.
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To sail as a privateer.
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A privately owned and manned armed ship commissioned by a government in a war to attack and capture enemy ships, esp. merchant ships.
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A commander or crew member of a privateer.
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To sail as a privateer.
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(nautical) A privately owned warship that had official sanction to attack enemy ships and take possession of their cargo.
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An officer or any other member of the crew of such a ship.
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(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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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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Origin of privateer

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