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English definition of “the UK”

the UK

noun     /ˌjuːˈkeɪ/
abbreviation for the United Kingdom: the country of Great Britain and Northern Ireland: When were you last in the UK?Country namesCountry and nationContinents and regions of the world
(Definition of the UK noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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