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Meaning of “national” in the English Dictionary

"national" in British English

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nationaladjective

uk   us   /ˈnæʃ.ən.əl/ /ˈnæʃ.nəl/
A2 relating to or ​typical of a ​wholecountry and ​itspeople, ​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 ​wearingtraditional national costume/​dress. The government's ​view is that ​raisingtaxes now would not be in the national interest (= would not be good for the ​country).

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nationalnoun [C usually plural]

uk   us   /ˈnæʃ.ən.əl/ /ˈnæʃ.nəl/
someone who ​officiallybelongs to a ​particularcountry: 30 ​people, ​including six ​Mexican nationals, were ​killed in yesterday's ​planecrash. All foreign nationals were ​advised to ​leave the ​countryfollowing the ​outbreak of ​civilwar.
(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 ​wholerather than to any ​part of it: National ​headquarters of the ​company are in Atlanta, with ​branchesthroughout the ​country. National ​news goes on the ​frontpage of the ​newspaper, with ​localnews in the second ​section.
nationally
adverb  us   /ˈnæʃ·ə·nəl·i/
The ​footballgame, to be nationally ​televised, will ​begin at 9.

nationalnoun [C usually pl]

 us   /ˈnæʃ·ə·nəl/
a ​citizen of a ​particularcountry: 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   us   /ˈnæʃənəl/
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 ​internationallevel. 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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