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Meaning of “foreign” in the English Dictionary

"foreign" in British English

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foreignadjective

uk   /ˈfɒr.ən/  us   /ˈfɔːr-/
A2 belonging or ​connected to a ​country that is not ​your own: Spain was the first foreign ​country she had ​visited. foreign ​languages His ​workprovided him with the ​opportunity for a lot of foreign ​travel.foreign to formal C2 Something can be ​described as foreign to a ​particularperson if they do not ​know about it or it is not within ​theirexperience: The ​wholeconcept of ​democracy, she ​claimed, was ​utterly foreign to the ​presentgovernment. A foreign ​object or ​substance has ​entered something ​else, ​possibly by ​accident, and does not ​belong there: a foreign ​object/​substance foreign ​matter

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

"foreign" in American English

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foreignadjective [not gradable]

 us   /ˈfɔr·ən, ˈfɑr-/
belonging or ​connected to a ​country that is not ​your own or is not the one you are in: a foreign ​country a foreign ​language
(Definition of foreign from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"foreign" in Business English

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foreignadjective

uk   us   /ˈfɒrɪn/
in or from a country that is not your own: a foreign brand/company/firm The ​companyrepresents some foreign ​brands as their ​agents or ​distributors.foreign capital/debt/investment The country ​needs to ​attract foreign ​investment into ​manufacturing. foreign ​competition/​markets/​trade
(Definition of foreign from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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