Meaning of “imperialism” in the English Dictionary

"imperialism" in British English

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imperialismnoun [ U ]

uk /ɪmˈpɪə.ri.ə.lɪ.zəm/ us /ɪmˈpɪr.i.ə.lɪ.zəm/ often disapproving

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

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imperialismnoun [ U ]

us /ɪmˈpɪər·i·əˌlɪz·əm/ usually disapproving

world history the attempt of one country to control another country, esp. by political and economic methods:

France was accused of economic imperialism because of its trade policies.
imperialist
noun [ C ] us /ɪmˈpɪər·i·ə·lɪst/

usually disapproving

Roosevelt believed that he was a benevolent imperialist.
imperialistic
adjective /ɪmˌpɪər·i·əˈlɪs·tɪk/ also imperialist, /ɪmˈpɪər·i·ə·lɪst/

usually disapproving

They denounced the war as an imperialistic exploitation of oppressed peoples.

(Definition of “imperialism” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)