Meaning of “referendum” in the English Dictionary

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"referendum" in British English

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referendumnoun [ C ]

uk /ˌref.əˈren.dəm/ us /ˌref.əˈren.dəm/ plural referendums or formal referenda formal plebiscite formal

C2 a vote in which all the people in a country or an area are asked to give their opinion about or decide an important political or social question:

Is it more democratic to hold a referendum, rather than let the government alone decide?

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  • A nationwide referendum will be held to decide the issue.
  • The opposition are demanding a referendum on the issue.
  • A referendum was held on the question of whether the U.K. should remain a member of the European Community.
  • The proposed referendum is consultative only and is not binding on Parliament.
  • There has been much debate over the exact wording of the referendum.

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

"referendum" in American English

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referendumnoun [ C ]

us /ˌref·əˈren·dəm/ plural referendums or referenda /ˌref·əˈren·də/

a vote in which all the people in a country or an area decide on an important question

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

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