Definition of the United Nations noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


the United Nations

BrE BrE//ðə juˌnaɪtɪd ˈneɪʃnz//
; NAmE NAmE//ðə juˌnaɪtɪd ˈneɪʃnz//
[singular + singular or plural verb] (abbreviation (the) UN) International relations
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an association of many countries which aims to improve economic and social conditions and to solve political problems in the world in a peaceful way See related entries: International relations Culture The United Nations was formed in 1945, and replaced the League of Nations. Most of the world's independent states are members, and each has one vote in the General Assembly. The United Nations Security Council has the power to take military or economic action to settle international disputes. Other branches of the United Nations include the World Bank, the International Court of Justice in The Netherlands, and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF).
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: the United Nations