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English definition of “asylum”

asylum

noun [U] (PROTECTION)    /əˈsaɪ.ləm/
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 asylumProtection and protectorsEnvironmental issues
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