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



    BrE BrE//ˈneɪʃn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈneɪʃn//
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  1. 1  [countable] a country considered as a group of people with the same language, culture and history, who live in a particular area under one government an independent nation the African nations
  2. 2  [singular] all the people in a country synonym population The entire nation, it seemed, was watching TV.
  3. Word OriginMiddle English: via Old French from Latin natio(n-), from nat- ‘born’, from the verb nasci.Extra examples France was host nation for the 1998 World Cup. In 1950 the UK was the world’s largest debtor nation and the US the largest creditor. In the nation as a whole there is no desire for war. The Soviet Union sent aid to the island nation of Cuba. The biggest task of the government was to address national unity and nation building. The entire nation mourned her death. The fight against terrorism seemed to unite the nation. The new economic policies were in the best interests of the nation at large. They are a nation of food lovers. They hoped that the exhibition would enhance the cultural life of the nation. They wanted to create a new nation. economic inequality among the nations of the world swings in public opinion across the nation the imperialist expansion of Western nations in the 1880s the member nations of the UN the richest nation on earth the savage murder that shocked the nation the threat of attack from terrorists or rogue nations Leaders of the G8 leading industrial nations backed the plan. Tanzania, Kenya and other east African nations have been particularly affected. The leaders of some of the world’s most powerful nations attended the meeting. The programme is aimed at training more doctors in developing nations. This is an important moment in our nation’s history.
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