Definition of “the European Union” - English Dictionary

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“the European Union” in British English

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the European Unionnoun

uk /jʊə.rəˌpiː.ən ˈjuː.ni.ən/ us /jʊr.əˌpiː.ən ˈjuː.ni.ən/ abbreviation the EU

the organization, since 1993, through which European governments who choose to be members make decisions and agree on shared action in social and economic matters


  • Which countries have joined the European Union in 2004?
  • This research into air pollution is jointly funded by the European Union and the local council.

(Definition of “the European Union” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“European Union” in American English

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European Unionnoun [ U ]

us /ˈjʊər·əˌpi·ən ˈjun·jən/ abbreviation EU

a group of European countries that act together in political and economic matters

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

“the European Union” in Business English

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the European Unionnoun

uk us abbreviation the EU POLITICS

an organization, known until 1993 as the European Community, through which the governments of its member countries in Europe make social, political, and economic decisions:

US carmakers are producing more efficient vehicles to sell in Europe to meet the European Union's tough climate rules.

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

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