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noun territory pronunciation in American English /ˈterəˌtɔri/
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  1. 1
    [countable/uncountable] an area of land controlled by a particular country, leader, or army

    The French army invaded the Austrian territories of Piedmont and Lombardy.

    occupied territory (=land controlled by enemy soldiers):

    They are still refusing to withdraw troops from the occupied territories.

    1. a.
      [countable] an area of land that is officially part of a country but does not have the status of a state or province
  2. 2
    [countable/uncountable] an area that an animal considers to be its own, and tries to prevent others from entering

    A lion will fearlessly defend its territory and family.

    1. a.
      an area of a town or country that a person or organization is responsible for, especially as part of their work

      The water company’s territory covers 5,000 square miles.

    2. b.
      [uncountable] an area that belongs to or is used by someone

      These two rooms are my territory, so stay out.

    3. c.
      [uncountable] an area that a player or team defends in a sport

      He kicked the ball deep into Raven territory.


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