Meaning of “independent” in the English Dictionary

"independent" in British English

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uk /ˌɪn.dɪˈpen.dənt/ us /ˌɪn.dɪˈpen.dənt/

independent adjective (NOT INFLUENCED)

B2 not influenced or controlled in any way by other people, events, or things:

an independent enquiry/organization
They all made the same comment, quite independent of each other (= without deciding together to do so).

An independent politician does not agree or vote with any particular political party.

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independent adjective (NOT HELPED)

B1 not taking help or money from other people:

Grandma's very independent and does all her own shopping and cooking.
I've always been financially independent.

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adverb uk /ˌɪn.dɪˈpen.də us /ˌɪn.dɪˈpen.də



The two scientists both made the same discovery independently, at roughly the same time.
Each part of the organization operates independently of the others.

independentnoun [ C ]

uk /ˌɪn.dɪˈpen.dənt/ us /ˌɪn.dɪˈpen.dənt/

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

"independent" in American English

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us /ˌɪn·dɪˈpen·dənt/

not influenced or controlled by other people but free to make your own decisions:

an independent thinker
Congress called for the appointment of an independent counsel to investigate the president.
Now that Jean’s got a job, she’s financially independent (= she does not need money from other people).

social studies If a country becomes independent, it is no longer governed or ruled by another country.

independent contractor

An independent contractor is a person who agrees to do a particular job for someone else for an agreed amount of money but who is not an employee:

She used to be on staff, but now she’s an independent contractor.
adverb us /ˌɪn·dɪˈpen·dənt·li/

The telephone was actually invented independently by two different people at almost the same time.

independentnoun [ C ]

us /ˌɪn·dɪˈpen·dənt/

politics & government a voter or politician who does not belong to a political party:

She is gaining support among independents who have no political preference or who lean Democratic.

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

"independent" in Business English

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uk /ˌɪndɪˈpendənt/ us

not influenced or controlled by the government or another organization:

independent of sth/sb The commission must remain independent of political control.
completely/fully/totally independent The charity is completely independent of government.
The agency is an independent body which monitors standards in the industry.
an independent adviser/auditor/expert
independent report/study/research

POLITICS not governed or ruled by another country:

an independent nation/state/country
independent from sth/sb Mexico became independent from Spain in 1821.

COMMERCE not part of a larger group of companies:

an independent business/firm/store
The band signed with an independent label.

privately financed and not receiving money from the government:

pupils from state and independent schools

not taking help or money from other people:

not involved in a situation so able to judge it fairly:

It's important to seek independent advice.

independentnoun [ C ]

uk /ˌɪndɪˈpendənt/ us

COMMERCE a business that does not belong to a larger company or group:

The industry ranges from large retailers to small independents.

(Definition of “independent” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)