imperialism Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary Cambridge dictionaries logo

Meaning of “imperialism” in the English Dictionary

"imperialism" in British English

See all translations

imperialismnoun [U]

uk   /ɪmˈpɪə.ri.ə.lɪ.zəm/  us   /-ˈpɪr.i-/ often disapproving
(Definition of imperialism from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"imperialism" in American English

See all translations

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)
What is the pronunciation of imperialism?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

“imperialism” in American English

Word of the Day

hipster

someone who is very influenced by the most recent ideas and fashions

Word of the Day

Chest pains and palpitations: talking about illness (2)
Chest pains and palpitations: talking about illness (2)
by Liz Walter,
February 03, 2016
My previous post (My leg hurts: Talking about illness (1)) presented some general vocabulary to use at the doctor’s. This one looks at some more specific areas of illness and explains some useful words and phrases that you may need to use or understand on a visit to the doctor’s. There are several

Read More 

awesomesauce noun
awesomesauce noun
February 01, 2016
slang the state of being extremely good or enjoyable or something or someone that is extremely good or enjoyable Recovering from the awesomesauce of another fab #Vidcon!!

Read More