American English

Definition of wilderness noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    [usually singular]
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  1. 1a large area of land that has never been developed or used for growing crops because it is difficult to live there The Antarctic is the world's last great wilderness. a wilderness area (= one where it is not permitted to build houses or roads) (figurative) the barren wilderness of modern life
  2. 2a place that people do not take care of or control Their yard is a wilderness of grass and weeds. That part of the city is a wilderness of run-down houses and derelict factories.
  3. Idioms
    in the wilderness
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    no longer in an important position, especially in politics After three years in the wilderness she was given a government post.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: wilderness