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Definition of asylum noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1(formal political asylum) [uncountable] protection that a government gives to people who have left their own country, usually because they were in danger for political reasons to seek/apply for/be granted asylum There was a nationwide debate on whether the asylum laws should be changed.
  2. 2[countable] (old use) a hospital where people who were mentally ill could be cared for, often for a long time
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: asylum