Meaning of nation in English:


Pronunciation /ˈneɪʃ(ə)n/

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  • 1A large body of people united by common descent, history, culture, or language, inhabiting a particular country or territory.

    ‘the world's leading industrialized nations’
    • ‘We cannot allow ourselves to be dependent on other nations, history has taught us that.’
    • ‘The sooner we can distance ourselves from these artificial things known as nations the better.’
    • ‘We are after all talking about the richest, most powerful nation on Earth.’
    • ‘We all know that the United States became the wealthiest nation on earth.’
    • ‘We, the richest, most powerful nation on the planet, could solve our social problems in a heartbeat.’
    • ‘Critics acknowledge that some Western European nations have state religions.’
    • ‘Could the search for medicinal plants help keep the forests of this African island nation intact?’
    • ‘Thousands of plants and animals on the African island nation of Madagascar are found nowhere else in the world.’
    • ‘Developing nations do not have the resources to accomplish this on their own.’
    • ‘Most other industrialized nations privately agree they are necessary but are loath to step forward and be counted.’
    • ‘Even other advanced industrialized nations don't compare with the U.S. in this flexibility.’
    • ‘Developed nations across the globe have stockpiled smallpox vaccines.’
    • ‘The leading industrialised nations need to embark upon emergency transition strategy to renewable energy.’
    • ‘We are an Army at war, serving a nation at war.’
    • ‘In fact, you could argue that sanctions make rogue nations more hostile and more dangerous.’
    • ‘The surge of nationalistic solidarity sweeping the nation led his neighbors to strike their regionalist colors.’
    • ‘For the first time in financial history, a major debtor nation owes its debt in its own currency.’
    • ‘But the fledgling nation is facing a range of challenges.’
    • ‘The World War II memorial was dedicated this weekend in our nation's capital.’
    • ‘But how did we become the most powerful and radical nation on the planet?’
    • ‘What was it Napoleon said about the British being a nation of shopkeepers?’
    country, state, land, sovereign state, nation state, kingdom, empire, republic, confederation, federation, commonwealth, power, superpower, polity, domain
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    1. 1.1A North American Indian people or confederation of peoples.
      ethnic group, ethnic minority, tribe, clan, race, nation
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    one nation
    • often as modifier A nation not divided by social inequality.

      ‘one-nation Tories’
      • ‘It used to be a one nation party: it turned into a one-issue party.’
      • ‘The Tory party have gone from being a one nation party to being a one-issue party.’
      • ‘We've got to teach every American, wherever they came from, the English language so we can be one nation and one people.’
      • ‘We used to be one nation, undivided, under three networks, three car companies and two brands of toothpaste for all.’
      • ‘Congress and the President have made a big deal about this being one nation under God, but what sort of God do they have in mind?’
      • ‘Can you have one nation with more than one system of values?’
      • ‘What I feel in regard to all the empires of the past, and even in regard to the United States, is that the effort has always been towards forming one nation.’
      • ‘We are one Ummah and one nation we are all brothers and sisters.’
      • ‘The same is true in the specialist agencies - one nation one vote.’


Middle English via Old French from Latin natio(n-), from nat- ‘born’, from the verb nasci.