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independentadjective

 us   /ˌɪn·dɪˈpen·dənt/
not influenced or controlled by other people but free to make your own decisions: an independent thinker Congress called for the appointment of an independent counsel to investigate the president. Now that Jean’s got a job, she’s financially independent (= she does not need money from other people).
social studies If a country becomes independent, it is no longer governed or ruled by another country.
independent contractor
An independent contractor is a person who agrees to do a particular job for someone else for an agreed amount of money but who is not an employee: She used to be on staff, but now she’s an independent contractor.
independently
adverb  us   /ˌɪn·dɪˈpen·dənt·li/
The telephone was actually invented independently by two different people at almost the same time.

independentnoun [C]

 us   /ˌɪn·dɪˈpen·dənt/
politics & government a voter or politician who does not belong to a political party: She is gaining support among independents who have no political preference or who lean Democratic.
(Definition of independent from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







"independent" in British English

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independentadjective

uk   /ˌɪn.dɪˈpen.dənt/  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.

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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   /ˌɪn.dɪˈpen.dənt.li/  us   /ˌɪn.dɪˈpen.dənt.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.

independentnoun [C]

uk   /ˌɪn.dɪˈpen.dənt/  us   /ˌɪn.dɪˈpen.dənt/
(Definition of independent from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"independent" in Business English

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independentadjective

uk   us   /ˌɪndɪˈpendənt/
not influenced or controlled by the government or another organization: independent of sth/sb The commission must remain independent of political control.completely/fully/totally independent The charity is completely independent of government. The agency is an independent body which monitors standards in the industry. an independent adviser/auditor/expert independent report/study/research
POLITICS not governed or ruled by another country: an independent nation/state/countryindependent from sth/sb Mexico became independent from Spain in 1821.
COMMERCE not part of a larger group of companies: The association represents independent retailers. an independent business/firm/store The band signed with an independent label. a leading independent producer of television programmes
privately financed and not receiving money from the government: pupils from state and independent schools
not taking help or money from other people: financially/economically independent
not involved in a situation so able to judge it fairly: It's important to seek independent advice.

independentnoun [C]

uk   us   /ˌɪndɪˈpendənt/
COMMERCE a business that does not belong to a larger company or group: The industry ranges from large retailers to small independents.
(Definition of independent from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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