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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 ​growcrops or had ​towns and ​roadsbuilt on it, ​especially because it is ​difficult to ​live in as a ​result of ​itsextremelycold or ​hotweather or ​badearth: a ​beautifulmountain wilderness Alaska is the last ​great wilderness.mainly US It's a wilderness area, under the ​protection of the Parks Department.
an ​outsidearea in which ​plants are ​left to ​grownaturally or ​untidily: The ​garden was a wilderness ofweeds and ​overgrownbushes.

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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 ​roadsbuilt on it, esp. because it is ​difficult to ​live in as a ​result of ​itsextremelycold or ​hotweather or ​badearth: 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   us   /ˈwɪldənəs/
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 ​Cabinetled to a ​longperiod in the ​political wilderness.
(Definition of wilderness from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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