mercenary Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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Meaning of “mercenary” in the English Dictionary

"mercenary" in British English

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mercenaryadjective

uk   /ˈmɜː.sən.ri/  us   /ˈmɝː-/ disapproving
interested only in the ​amount of ​money that you can get from a ​situation: He had some mercenary ​scheme to ​marry a ​wealthywidow.

mercenarynoun [C]

uk   /ˈmɜː.sən.ri/  us   /ˈmɝː-/
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)

"mercenary" in American English

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mercenarynoun [C]

 us   /ˈmɜr·səˌner·i/
a ​soldier who ​fights for a ​foreigncountry 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 Spanish interesado…
in Vietnamese vụ lợi…
in Malaysian tamak…
in Thai เห็นแก่เงิน…
in French intéressé…
in German gewinnsüchtig…
in Chinese (Simplified) 唯利是图的,贪财的…
in Turkish paralı asker…
in Russian наемный солдат…
in Indonesian tamak…
in Chinese (Traditional) 唯利是圖的,貪財的…
in Polish najemnik…
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