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"democracy" in British English

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democracynoun

uk   /dɪˈmɒk.rə.si/  us   /-ˈmɑː.krə-/
B2 [U] the belief in freedom and equality between people, or a system of government based on this belief, in which power is either held by elected representatives or directly by the people themselves: The government has promised to uphold the principles of democracy. The early 1990s saw the spread of democracy in Eastern Europe.
B2 [C] a country in which power is held by elected representatives: Few of the Western democracies still have a royal family.

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(Definition of democracy from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"democracy" in American English

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democracynoun [C/U]

 us   /dɪˈmɑk·rə·si/
politics & government the belief in freedom and equality between people, or a system of government based on this belief, in which power is either held by elected representatives or directly by the people themselves
politics & government A democracy is a country in which power is held by elected representatives.
(Definition of democracy from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"democracy" in Business English

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democracynoun

uk   us   /dɪˈmɒkrəsi/
[U] WORKPLACE, MANAGEMENT a situation, system, or organization in which everyone has equal rights and opportunities, and can help make decisions: corporate democracy shareholder democracy
[U] POLITICS the belief that everyone in a country has the right to express their opinions, and that power should be held by people who are elected, or a system of government based on this belief: The country was celebrating its return to democracy.
[C] POLITICS a country in which power is held by people who are elected: It is now a stable, well-governed democracy.
(Definition of democracy from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “democracy”
in Korean 민주주의…
in Arabic ديمُقراطيّة…
in Malaysian demokrasi…
in French démocratie…
in Russian демократия…
in Chinese (Traditional) 民主, 民主思想, 民主政體…
in Italian democrazia…
in Turkish demokrasi…
in Polish demokracja…
in Spanish democracia…
in Vietnamese dân chủ…
in Portuguese democracia…
in Thai การปกครองแบบประชาธิปไตย…
in German die Demokratie…
in Catalan democràcia…
in Japanese 民主主義…
in Chinese (Simplified) 民主, 民主思想, 民主政体…
in Indonesian demokrasi…
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“democracy” in Business English

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