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foreign

adjective uk   /ˈfɒr.ən/ us    /ˈfɔːr-/
A2 belonging or connected to a country that is not your own: Spain was the first foreign country she had visited. foreign languages His work provided him with the opportunity for a lot of foreign travel.foreign to formal C2 Something can be described as foreign to a particular person if they do not know about it or it is not within their experience: The whole concept of democracy, she claimed, was utterly foreign to the present government. A foreign object or substance has entered something else, possibly by accident, and does not belong there: a foreign object/substance foreign matter
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