Meaning of “nation” in the English Dictionary

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"nation" in British English

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nationnoun

uk /ˈneɪ.ʃən/ us /ˈneɪ.ʃən/

B2 [ C ] a country, especially when thought of as a large group of people living in one area with their own government, language, traditions, etc.:

All the nations of the world will be represented at the conference.
The Germans, as a nation, are often thought to be well organized.
Practically the whole nation watched the ceremony on television.

[ S ] a large group of people of the same race who share the same language, traditions, and history, but who might not all live in one area:

the Navajo nation

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  • The debate about food safety has engaged the whole nation.
  • They contacted party members from across the nation to ask for their support.
  • It is hoped that these measures will push the nation towards recovery.
  • The former president still holds a place in the nation's affections.
  • Many nations have imposed sanctions on the country because of its attacks on its own people.

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

"nation" in American English

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nationnoun [ C ]

us /ˈneɪ·ʃən/

a country, esp. when thought of as a large group of people living in one area with their own government, language, and traditions:

Most industrialized nations of the world will be represented at the conference.
Throughout the nation today people will go to the polls to elect a new government.

A nation is also an American Indian group, esp. one that is a member of an American Indian federation.

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

"nation" in Business English

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nationnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈneɪʃən/ us

a country, especially when considered as a society with its own government, economy, etc.:

developing/emerging/industrialized nations The local community within a typical developing nation can expect to reap only around 15% of the total spent there.
African/Asian/European nations

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