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noun asylum pronunciation in American English /əˈsaɪləm/
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  1. 1
    [uncountable] the right to stay in a country, given by a government to protect someone who has escaped from war or political trouble in their own country
    seek asylum:

    More than half a million people sought asylum in Europe last year.

    political asylum:

    The number of refugees seeking political asylum has risen recently.

    grant someone asylum:

    Of the 1,000 refugees who initially came here, only 50 were granted asylum.

  2. 2
    [countable] old-fashioned a mental hospital (=a hospital for people with mental illnesses)


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