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"commonwealth" in British English

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commonwealthnoun [C]

uk   /ˈkɒm.ən.welθ/  us   /ˈkɑː.mən-/
a ​group of ​countries with the same ​political or ​economicaims: the Commonwealth of Independent States a ​country or ​part of a ​country that is ​governed by ​itspeople or representativeselected by ​itspeople
(Definition of commonwealth from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"commonwealth" in American English

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commonwealthnoun [C]

 us   /ˈkɑm·ənˌwelθ/
politics & government a ​country or ​state that is ​governed by ​itspeople or ​theirelectedrepresentatives politics & government A commonwealth is an ​organizedgroup of ​independent self-governing ​countries. politics & government A commonwealth is also a US ​state. politics & government A commonwealth is also a self-governing ​placeassociated with the US, such as Puerto Rico.
(Definition of commonwealth from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"commonwealth" in Business English

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commonwealthnoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈkɒmənwelθ/ (also Commonwealth) POLITICS, GOVERNMENT
a country or ​part of a country that is ​governed by its ​people or those ​elected by them. The word is used as the ​title of some of the ​states of the US: In Pennsylvania, navigable rivers belong to the Commonwealth.
an ​organizedgroup of ​states, or of ​independent countries with the same ​political or ​economicaims: the Commonwealth of Australia (= the ​federation of Australian ​states) There is an ongoing ​investigation into the ​lobbyist and his ​dealings with Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.
the Commonwealth (of Nations) an ​organization of ​independent countries which were ​part of the ​former British Empire and which now have ​friendlypolitical or ​economicconnections with each other. A ​smallnumber of countries which did not ​formpart of the British Empire have also ​joined the Commonwealth.
(Definition of commonwealth from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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