Meaning of “the USA” in the English Dictionary

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"the USA" in British English

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the USAnoun [ + sing/pl verb ]

uk /ˌjuː.esˈeɪ/ us /ˌjuː.esˈeɪ/

Examples from literature

  • A small group of people traveled from England to live in what is now the USA. 
  • A terrible panic broke out as people tried to escape from cities across the USA. 
  • At that time, the average price of a new house in the USA was $150,000. 
  • But some studies in the USA show that people in cities live longer and healthier lives. 
  • In the USA, 56 percent of families owned a car as early as 1927. 
  • Jeopardy is a popular TV quiz show in the USA. 
  • Many young people in the USA wanted that kind of life. 
  • Most organic food in the USA actually comes from a few giant farms. 
  • New Orleans, a city in the USA, is a very musical place. 
  • The president is the leader of the USA. 
  • This made Cuba depend economically on the USA for its basic needs. 
  • When the sun comes up in Japan, it goes down in the USA. 

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

"USA" in American English

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USAnoun [ U ]

us /ˈjuˌesˈeɪ/

abbreviation for United States of America

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