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noun [countable] enemy pronunciation in American English /ˈenəmi/
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  1. someone who is opposed to someone else and tries to do them harm
    He must hide from his enemies while he is weak.
    make an enemy of someone: Worst of all is to make an enemy of the Minister.
    a political enemy: They searched for information on political enemies.
    enemy of: They had been labeled enemies of the state.
    make enemies: It’s easy to make enemies in a job like this.
    a mortal enemy (=someone who will always be your enemy): She looked at her husband as if he were her mortal enemy.
    1. a.
      a country that is fighting another country in a war
      We must be ready to resist an assault by sea from this country’s enemies.
      the enemy: He had to discourage the enemy from attempting to attack his position.
    2. b.
      relating to a countrys enemy
      enemy attack/troops/aircraft/forces etc.: The Serbs were determined to halt the enemy attacks.
      Over three hundred enemy aircraft were destroyed.
    3. c.
      something that harms or threatens someone or something
      enemy of: Cigarette smoke is the undoubted enemy of a clear fresh complexion.



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