Definition of “empire” - English Dictionary

“empire” in British English

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empirenoun [ C ]

uk /ˈem.paɪər/ us /ˈem.paɪr/

empire noun [ C ] (COUNTRIES)

C1 a group of countries ruled by a single person, government, or country:

the Holy Roman Empire
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(Definition of “empire” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“empire” in American English

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empirenoun [ C ]

us /ˈem·pɑɪər/

politics & government a group of countries ruled by a single person, government, or country:

the British/Soviet Empire

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“empire” in Business English

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empirenoun [ C ]

uk /ˈempaɪər/ us

a large group of businesses that are controlled by a powerful company or person:

build/create/expand an empire Entrepreneur Rocco Forte built his empire from budget hotels and motorway services.
control/run an empire Besides running a fashion empire, he also functioned as director of no less than three banks.
a business/property empire
a gobal/international/worldwide empire

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