imperialism Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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imperialismnoun [U]

uk   /ɪmˈpɪə.ri.ə.lɪ.zəm/  us   /-ˈpɪr.i-/ often disapproving
a ​system in which a ​countryrules other ​countries, sometimes having used ​force to get ​power over them: the ​age of imperialism a ​situation in which one ​country has a lot of ​power or ​influence over ​others, ​especially in ​political and ​economicmatters: She ​accused the United States of economic imperialism.
(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 ​economicmethods: France was ​accused of ​economic imperialism because of ​itstradepolicies.
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 ​oppressedpeoples.
(Definition of imperialism from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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