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nation

noun [C]  /ˈneɪ·ʃən/ us  
a country, esp. when thought of as a large group of people living in one area with their own government, language, and traditions: Most industrialized nations of the world will be represented at the conference. Throughout the nation today people will go to the polls to elect a new government. A nation is also an American Indian group, esp. one that is a member of an American Indian federation .
Translations of “nation”
in Korean 나라…
in Arabic أُمّة…
in French nation, peuple…
in Turkish millet, ulus, halk…
in Italian nazione…
in Chinese (Traditional) 國家, 民族…
in Russian страна, нация…
in Polish naród, państwo…
in Spanish nación, pueblo…
in Portuguese nação…
in German die Nation, das Volk…
in Catalan nació…
in Japanese 国家, 国民…
in Chinese (Simplified) 国家, 民族…
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