Definition of “territory” - English Dictionary

“territory” in British English

See all translations

territorynoun [ C or U ]

uk /ˈter.ɪ.tər.i/ us /ˈter.ə.tɔːr.i/

territory noun [ C or U ] (AREA)

B2 (an area of) land, or sometimes sea, that is considered as belonging to or connected with a particular country or person:

He was shot down in enemy territory.
The UN is sending aid to the occupied territories.

B2 an area that an animal or person tries to control or thinks belongs to them:

The robin keeps other birds off that part of the garden - that's his territory.

More examples

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

“territory” in American English

See all translations

territorynoun [ C/U ]

us /ˈter·əˌtɔr·i, -ˌtoʊr·i/

an area of land, sea, or space, esp. when it belongs to or is connected with a particular country, person, or animal:

[ U ] Maryland gave up territory to form Washington, DC.
[ C ] The UN is sending aid to the occupied territories.

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

“territory” in Business English

See all translations


uk /ˈterɪtəri/ us plural territories

[ C or U ] an area of a town, country, etc. that someone has responsibility for in their job:

A salesman's failure to achieve apparently realistic targets might be due to a change in the size of his territory.
Europe has been very fertile territory for our products.

[ C or U ] land that belongs to a particular country:

The island is a territory of Australia.
The four new oil contracts will amount to a half billion dollars worth of foreign investment in their territory.

[ C or U ] an area of knowledge or activity:

This is a territory that lies somewhere between mainstream sport and video games.
Online selling was new territory for us.

[ U ] FINANCE the general level of a price, amount, value, etc.:

Crude oil prices are approaching unchartered territory.
Persistent production problems helped drive oil prices further into record territory yesterday.
sth comes/goes with the territory

something always or often happens in a particular situation and you must accept it:

It is never easy to accept criticism, but it comes with the territory.

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