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"sovereign" in British English

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sovereignnoun [C]

uk   /ˈsɒv.ər.ɪn/  us   /ˈsɑːv.rən/
  • sovereign noun [C] (RULER)

a ​king or ​queen

sovereignadjective

uk   /ˈsɒv.ər.ɪn/  us   /ˈsɑːv.rən/
  • sovereign adjective (GOVERNMENT)

[before noun] having the ​highestpower or being ​completelyindependent: Sovereign ​power is said to ​lie with the ​people in some ​countries, and with a ​ruler in ​others. We must ​respect the ​rights of sovereign states/​nations to ​conducttheir own ​affairs.
(Definition of sovereign from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"sovereign" in American English

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sovereignnoun [C]

 us   /ˈsɑv·rən, ˈsɑv·ər·ən/
world history a ​king or ​queen, or a ​person having the ​power to ​govern a ​country
sovereign
adjective [not gradable]  us   /ˈsɑv·rən, ˈsɑv·ər·ən/
Algeria was a ​colony but now is a sovereign ​nation.
(Definition of sovereign from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"sovereign" in Business English

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sovereignadjective [before noun]

uk   us   /ˈsɒvərɪn/ GOVERNMENT, FINANCE
used to describe ​money that is ​borrowed or ​invested by ​nationalgovernments: Asian sovereign ​funds are ​increasinglyinvesting in ​European and US ​companies.
(Definition of sovereign from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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