Meaning of “wilderness” in the English Dictionary

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"wilderness" in British English

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wildernessnoun [ C usually singular ]

uk /ˈwɪl.də.nəs/ us /ˈwɪl.dɚ.nəs/

C2 an area of land that has not been used to grow crops or had towns and roads built on it, especially because it is difficult to live in as a result of its extremely cold or hot weather or bad earth:

a beautiful mountain wilderness
Alaska is the last great wilderness.
mainly US It's a wilderness area, under the protection of the Parks Department.

an outside area in which plants are left to grow naturally or untidily:

The garden was a wilderness of weeds and overgrown bushes.

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

"wilderness" in American English

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wildernessnoun [ C usually sing ]

us /ˈwɪl·dər·nəs/

an area of land that has not been farmed or had towns and roads built on it, esp. because it is difficult to live in as a result of its extremely cold or hot weather or bad earth:

Large parts of Canada are still wilderness.

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

"wilderness" in Business English

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wildernessnoun [ C, usually singular ]

uk /ˈwɪldənəs/ us
in the wilderness

if someone previously in a position of power is now in the wilderness, they have lost their power and it is not clear if or how they will get it back:

His dismissal from the Cabinet led to a long period in the political wilderness.

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