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Meaning of “enemy” in the English Dictionary

"enemy" in British English

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enemynoun

uk   us   /ˈen.ə.mi/
B1 [C] a ​person who ​hates or ​opposes another ​person and ​tries to ​harm them or ​stop them from doing something: He's made a few enemies in this ​company. Max ​stole Lee's ​girlfriend and they've been enemies ​ever since. political enemiesB2 [C usually singular] a ​country, or the ​armedforces of a ​country, that is at ​war with another ​country: The enemy had ​succeeded in ​stoppingoursupplies from getting through. an ​attack by enemy ​aircraft enemy ​forces/​territorythe enemy of sth literary something that ​harms something ​else: Familiarity is the enemy of ​desire.

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

"enemy" in American English

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enemynoun [C]

 us   /ˈen·ə·mi/
a ​person who ​hates or ​opposes another ​person and ​tries to ​harm that ​person: Some enemies are ​spreadingnastygossip about her. He ​views the ​press as the enemy. The enemy is a ​country or the ​armedforces or ​people of a ​country that is at ​war with ​your own ​country: He was ​charged with ​espionage and aiding the enemy.
(Definition of enemy from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “enemy”
in Korean 적…
in Arabic عَدو…
in Malaysian musuh…
in French ennemi/-ie, ennemi…
in Russian враг, противник…
in Chinese (Traditional) 敵人, 仇敵, 反對者…
in Italian nemico…
in Turkish hasım, düşman, düşman devlet/ordu…
in Polish wróg…
in Spanish enemigo…
in Vietnamese kẻ thù, quân địch…
in Portuguese inimigo, -a…
in Thai ศัตรู, ข้าศึก…
in German der Feind…
in Catalan enemic, -iga…
in Japanese 敵…
in Chinese (Simplified) 敌人, 仇敌, 反对者…
in Indonesian musuh…
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