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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  • the tsarist empire
  • the Austro-Hungarian empire
  • It used to be said that Britain ruled an empire on which the sun would never set.
  • The temple ruins are a distant reminder of a vanished empire.
  • This century saw the dismemberment of the empire.

empire noun [ C ] (ORGANIZATION)

C1 a very large and important business or organization:

In the space of just ten years, her company has grown from one small retail outlet to a multi-million-dollar empire.

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  • He owns a huge publishing empire.
  • Carter rapidly expanded his business empire.
  • It is the world's largest media and entertainment empire.
  • His corporate empire collapsed and about $666 million of pension fund assets were found to be missing.
  • Her business empire brought her wealth beyond the dreams of avarice.

(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

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

“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)