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"asylum" in British English

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asylumnoun

uk   us   /əˈsaɪ.ləm/
  • asylum noun (HOSPITAL)

[C] old use a ​hospital for ​people with ​mentalillnesses: a ​lunatic asylum
(Definition of asylum from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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asylumnoun

 us   /əˈsɑɪ·ləm/
  • asylum noun (PROTECTION)

[U] protection or ​safety, or a ​protected and ​safeplace, given esp. to someone who has ​left a ​country or ​place for ​politicalreasons: The ​refugees have ​asked for ​political asylum.
  • asylum noun (HOSPITAL)

[C] dated a ​mentalhospital, or any other ​institution giving ​shelter and other ​help to ​poor or ​sufferingpeople: He was ​committed to an ​insane asylum in 1899.
(Definition of asylum from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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