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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 ​countrybecomes independent, it is no ​longergoverned or ​ruled by another ​country.independent contractor An independent ​contractor is a ​person who ​agrees to do a ​particularjob for someone ​else for an ​agreedamount 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 ​actuallyinvented 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 ​politicalparty: She is ​gainingsupport among independents who have no ​politicalpreference or who ​leanDemocratic.
(Definition of independent from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







"independent" in British English

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independentadjective

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 ​particularpoliticalparty.

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  • independent adjective (NOT RULED)

B2 An independent ​country is not ​governed or ​ruled by another ​country: Belize ​becamefully independent fromBritain 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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  • independent adjective (GRAMMAR)

specialized language An independent ​grammatical clauseformspart of a ​sentence but can also ​form a ​separatesentence.
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 ​organizationoperates independently of the ​others.

independentnoun [C]

uk   us   /ˌɪn.dɪˈpen.dənt/
  • independent noun [C] (POLITICS)

a ​politician who does not ​represent a ​politicalparty: He ​left the Conservatives and ​stood as an independent. US a ​voter who does not ​belong to a ​politicalparty: She is ​gainingsupport among independents who have no ​politicalpreference or who ​lean Democratic.
(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 ​politicalcontrol.completely/fully/totally independent The ​charity is completely independent ofgovernment. The ​agency is an independent body which ​monitorsstandards 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 ​associationrepresents independent ​retailers. an independent ​business/​firm/​store The ​bandsigned with an independent ​label. a ​leading independent ​producer of ​televisionprogrammes
privatelyfinanced 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 ​industryranges from large ​retailers to ​small independents.
(Definition of independent from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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