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imperialism

noun [U] uk   /ɪmˈpɪə.ri.ə.lɪ.zəm/  us   /-ˈpɪr.i-/ often disapproving
a system in which a country rules other countries, sometimes having used force to get power over them: the age of imperialism a situation in which one country has a lot of power or influence over others, especially in political and economic matters: She accused the United States of economic imperialism.
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