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noun [countable]     citizen pronunciation in American English
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  1. 1
    someone who has the right to live permanently in a particular country and has the right to the legal and social benefits of that country as well as legal obligations toward it

    citizen’s rights

    She married an American and became a U.S. citizen.

    See also senior citizen
  2. 2
    [always before noun] relating to a member of the public who contributes to an activity such as journalism or science, especially online

    There is increasing awareness of the value of citizen science data.

    Many local citizen journalists died during the conflict.

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a description of an economic or political situation based on analysis of information at the present time

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an unregulated form of capitalism that features financial deregulation, privatisation and low tax for high earners

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