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empire

noun [C] uk   /ˈem.paɪər/ us    /-paɪr/

empire noun [C] (COUNTRIES)

C1 a group of countries ruled by a single person, government, or country: the Holy Roman Empire
See also
Colonisation and self-government

empire noun [C] (ORGANIZATION)

C1 a very large and important business or organization: In the space of just ten years, her company has grown from one small shop to a multi-million-pound empire.Societies, clubs and organizationsBusinesses and enterprises
(Definition of empire from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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