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English definition of “the merchant navy”

the merchant navy

noun [S]     UK (US the merchant marine)
the ships of a country that are used for trading and not for fightingPassenger, cargo and military shipsBoats and sailing craftTraders, merchants and entrepreneursPeople who sell thingsPeople who buy things
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