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nation

noun     /ˈneɪ.ʃən/
B2 [C] a country, especially when thought of as a large group of people living in one area with their own government, language, traditions, etc.: All the nations of the world will be represented at the conference. The Germans, as a nation, are often thought to be well organized. Practically the whole nation watched the ceremony on television.Country and nationContinents and regions of the worldCountry names [S] a large group of people of the same race who share the same language, traditions, and history, but who might not all live in one area: the Navajo nationRace and ethnicityRacial issues
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