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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).

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.
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