Definition of empire noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈempaɪə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈempaɪər//
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  1. 1  a group of countries or states that are controlled by one ruler or government the Roman empire
  2. 2  a group of commercial organizations controlled by one person or company a business empire
  3. Word OriginMiddle English: via Old French from Latin imperium, related to imperare ‘to command’, from in- ‘towards’ + parare ‘prepare, contrive’.Extra examples All the bureaucrats jealously guarded their own little empires. By now Britain had lost its empire. He has built a huge business empire from humble beginnings. The Japanese empire was quickly dismantled. The mighty empire finally crumbled. a country that is still part of the empire the decline of the old colonial empires the staff who help run his hotel empire The Ottoman Empire began to decline in the late eighteenth century. The story describes the growth of the vast empire of Alexander the Great. These invasions almost led to the collapse of the Roman Empire.
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