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"self-sufficient" in British English

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self-sufficientadjective

uk   us   /ˌself.səˈfɪʃ.ənt/
C2 able to ​provide everything you need, ​especiallyfood, for yourself without the ​help of other ​people: The ​programmeaims to make the ​country self-sufficient infoodproduction and to ​cutenergyimports.
self-sufficiency
noun [U] uk   us   /ˌself.səˈfɪʃ.ən.si/
(Definition of self-sufficient from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"self-sufficient" in American English

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self-sufficientadjective

 us   /ˌself·səˈfɪʃ·ənt/
able to ​provide what is ​necessary without the ​help of ​others: a self-sufficient ​economy/​person
self-sufficiency
noun [U]  us   /ˌself·səˈfɪʃ·ən·si/
They ​showedtheir self-sufficiency by ​growingtheir own ​vegetables.
(Definition of self-sufficient from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"self-sufficient" in Business English

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self-sufficientadjective

uk   us   /ˌselfsəˈfɪʃənt/ FINANCE, COMMERCE
able to ​provide everything you need for yourself, especially ​food, without ​buying from or being helped by others: be self-sufficient in sth Currently, the UK is only 62% self-sufficient in beef. Building its own ​marketingorganisation in the US would ​allow the ​company to become ​financially self-sufficient and ​market its own ​products.
(Definition of self-sufficient from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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