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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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"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.
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"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)
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