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English definition of “asylum”

asylum

noun uk   /əˈsaɪ.ləm/ us  

asylum noun (PROTECTION)

[U] protection or safety, especially that given by a government to people who have been forced to leave their own countries for their safety or because of war: to seek/apply for political asylum

asylum noun (HOSPITAL)

[C] old use a hospital for people with mental illnesses: a lunatic asylum
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