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"imperial" in British English

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imperialadjective

uk   /ɪmˈpɪə.ri.əl/  us   /ɪmˈpɪr.i.əl/
  • imperial adjective (EMPIRE)

belonging or relating to an empire or the person or country that rules it: Imperial China Britain's imperial past the Imperial palace imperial grandeur

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

"imperial" in American English

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imperialadjective [not gradable]

 us   /ɪmˈpɪər·i·əl/ usually disapproving
relating to a government or country that controls or rules other countries: imperial expansion of American power the imperial tradition of Britain
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"imperial" in Business English

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imperialadjective

uk   us   /ɪmˈpɪəriəl/ MEASURES
used to describe a UK system of measurement that uses units such as inches, ounces, and pints: Suppliers will be told to change labels to imperial and metric on pre-packed foods.
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