Meaning of “refugee” in the English Dictionary

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"refugee" in British English

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refugeenoun [ C ]

uk /ˌref.juˈdʒiː/ us /ˌref.jəˈdʒiː/

B2 a person who has escaped from their own country for political, religious, or economic reasons or because of a war:

Thousands of refugees fled across the border.

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  • He had to show that he had a well-founded fear of persecution on religious or political grounds to qualify as a refugee.
  • We have been tasked with setting up camps for refugees.
  • The refugees were packed shoulder to shoulder on the boat.
  • Many refugees have arrived at the border without passports.
  • We have only a small amount of food and clothing to deal out to each refugee.

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

"refugee" in American English

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refugeenoun [ C ]

us /ˌref·jʊˈdʒi, ˈref·jʊˌdʒi/

a person who leaves his or her home or country to find safety, esp. during a war or for political or religious reasons

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