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English definition of “bilateral”


adjective     /ˌbaɪˈlæt.ər.əl/ US  /-ˈlæt̬.ɚ-/
involving two groups or countries : France and Germany have signed a bilateral agreement to help prevent drug smuggling . → Compare multilateral, unilateralSingle, double and multiple bilaterally     /-i/ adverb Single, double and multiple
(Definition of bilateral adjective from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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