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independent

adjective uk   us   /ˌɪn.dɪˈpen.dənt/

independent adjective (NOT INFLUENCED)

B2 not influenced or controlled in any way by other people, events, or things: an independent enquiry/organization They all made the same comment, quite independent of each other (= without deciding together to do so). An independent politician does not agree or vote with any particular political party. specialized language An independent grammatical clause forms part of a sentence but can also form a separate sentence.
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independent adjective (NOT RULED)

B2 An independent country is not governed or ruled by another country: Belize became fully independent from Britain in 1981. Tibet, once an independent country, is now ruled by China.
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independent adjective (NOT HELPED)

B1 not taking help or money from other people: Grandma's very independent and does all her own shopping and cooking. I've always been financially independent.
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independently
adverb uk   us   /-li/
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B2 The two scientists both made the same discovery independently, at roughly the same time. Each part of the organization operates independently of the others.

independent

noun [C] uk   us   /ˌɪn.dɪˈpen.dənt/

independent noun [C] (POLITICS)

a politician who does not represent a political party: He left the Conservatives and stood as an independent. US a voter who does not belong to a political party: She is gaining support among independents who have no political preference or who lean Democratic.

independent noun [C] (BUSINESS)

a shop, small business, etc. that is not part of a large company: The band would rather sign to an independent than a major record label.
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