Meaning of “political” in the English Dictionary

"political" in British English

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uk /pəˈlɪt.ɪ.kəl/ us /pəˈlɪt̬.ə.kəl/

B1 relating to politics:

political leaders
There are two major political parties in the US - the Democratic Party and the Republican Party.
Education is back at the top of the political agenda (= the matters that the government is considering).

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  • The National Front is an extremely right-wing political party in Britain.
  • He rose quickly through the political hierarchy to become party leader.
  • He has given up political power, but he remains securely in control of the army.
  • The political reforms have led to major structural changes in the economy.
  • His political career ended when he was found to have been accepting bribes.
adverb uk /pəˈlɪt.ɪ.kəl.i/ us /pəˈlɪt̬.ə.kəl.i/


  • Both of his parents were very politically active.
  • Central Asia is a fragile region, politically weak but strategically important.
  • It is a poor and politically unstable society.
  • The country's younger population are more politically aware than in the past.
  • India is quite diverse, both politically and in terms of religion.


to be politically naive

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

"political" in American English

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politicaladjective [ not gradable ]

us /pəˈlɪt̬·ɪ·kəl/

politics & government relating to politics:

political parties
a political speech
Free trade is an ongoing political issue because it affects local employment rates.
adverb [ not gradable ] us /pəˈlɪt̬·ɪ·kli/

politics & government

They encourage young people to become more politically active.

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

"political" in Business English

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uk /pəˈlɪtɪkəl/ us

GOVERNMENT, POLITICS relating to politics:

The financial crisis will determine the new government's political agenda for the next few years.
She became a candidate for the leadership of a major political party.
There the unions still hold enormous political power and represent the majority of the population.

WORKPLACE relating to getting or keeping power within a particular company, organization, etc.:

The move by the CEO was regarded by the majority of the management as being purely political.
It was a political decision, taken in order to cling on to power.

The information was judged to be politically sensitive and was not published.

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