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"mercenary" in British English

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mercenaryadjective

uk   /ˈmɜː.sən.ri/  us   /ˈmɝː.sən.ri/ disapproving

mercenarynoun [C]

uk   /ˈmɜː.sən.ri/  us   /ˈmɝː.sən.ri/
a soldier who fights for any country or group that pays them
(Definition of mercenary from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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mercenarynoun [C]

 us   /ˈmɜr·səˌner·i/
a soldier who fights for a foreign country or group for pay

mercenaryadjective

 us   /ˈmɜr·səˌner·i/
interested only in the money that can be obtained from a situation: I don’t trust his motives – he’s too mercenary.
(Definition of mercenary from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “mercenary”
in Vietnamese vụ lợi…
in Spanish mercenario, -a, interesado…
in Malaysian tamak…
in Thai เห็นแก่เงิน…
in French intéressé…
in German gewinnsüchtig…
in Chinese (Traditional) 唯利是圖的,貪財的…
in Russian наемный солдат…
in Turkish paralı asker…
in Chinese (Simplified) 唯利是图的,贪财的…
in Indonesian tamak…
in Polish najemnik…
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