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"national" in British English

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nationaladjective

uk   /ˈnæʃ.ən.əl/ /ˈnæʃ.nəl/ us   /ˈnæʃ.ən.əl/ /ˈnæʃ.nəl/
A2 relating to or typical of a whole country and its people, rather than to part of that country or to other countries: a national holiday Britain has more than ten national newspapers. The company's national headquarters is in Rome. The children were wearing traditional national costume/dress. The government's view is that raising taxes now would not be in the national interest (= would not be good for the country).

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nationalnoun [C usually plural]

uk   /ˈnæʃ.ən.əl/ /ˈnæʃ.nəl/ us   /ˈnæʃ.ən.əl/ /ˈnæʃ.nəl/
someone who officially belongs to a particular country: 30 people, including six Mexican nationals, were killed in yesterday's plane crash. All foreign nationals were advised to leave the country following the outbreak of civil war.
(Definition of national from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"national" in American English

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nationaladjective [not gradable]

us   /ˈnæʃ·ə·nəl/
relating to all parts of a nation or to a nation as a whole rather than to any part of it: National headquarters of the company are in Atlanta, with branches throughout the country. National news goes on the front page of the newspaper, with local news in the second section.
nationally
adverb us   /ˈnæʃ·ə·nəl·i/
The football game, to be nationally televised, will begin at 9.

nationalnoun [C usually pl]

us   /ˈnæʃ·ə·nəl/
a citizen of a particular country: Irish/Mexican nationals a foreign national
(Definition of national from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"national" in Business English

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nationaladjective

uk   /ˈnæʃənəl/ us  
relating to countries or to one particular country: Unemployment in the city is significantly higher than the national average.at a/the national level The problem needs to be addressed both at a national and international level. a national campaign/competition/championship a national newspaper/distributor/chain the national government/airline/anthem
(Definition of national from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “national”
in Arabic وَطَني…
in Korean 나라의…
in Portuguese nacional…
in Catalan nacional…
in Japanese 国の, 国立の, 全国の…
in Chinese (Simplified) 国家的,国民的…
in Turkish (toplum) millî, ulusal, (örf…
in Russian государственный, национальный…
in Chinese (Traditional) 國家的,國民的…
in Italian nazionale…
in Polish narodowy, państwowy, krajowy…
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“national” in British English

“national” in American English

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