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adjective national pronunciation in American English /ˈnæʃən(ə)l/
  1. 1
    [only before noun] owned or controlled by the government

    the Rio Grande National Forest

    a national park/monument/highway

  2. 2
    relating to one particular nation and not including other nations

    Now let’s take a look at the main national and international news.

    in the national interest (=what is best for the nation):

    It is in the national interest to expose this scandal.

    1. a.
      relating to the whole of a nation and not just a part of it

      The closure of the factory has attracted attention from regional and national media.

      House prices in Connecticut are 5% higher than the national average.

      a national conference on air pollution

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