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national

adjective uk   /ˈnæʃ.ən.əl/ /ˈnæʃ.nəl/ us  
A2 relating to or typical of a whole country and its people, rather than to part of that country or to other countries: a national holiday Britain has more than ten national newspapers. The company's national headquarters is in Rome. The children were wearing traditional national costume/dress. The government's view is that raising taxes now would not be in the national interest (= would not be good for the country).Country and nationContinents and regions of the worldCountry names

national

noun [C usually plural] uk   /ˈnæʃ.ən.əl/ /ˈnæʃ.nəl/ us  
someone who officially belongs to a particular country: 30 people, including six UK nationals, were killed in yesterday's plane crash. All foreign nationals were advised to leave the country following the outbreak of civil war.Country and nationContinents and regions of the worldCountry names
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