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noun [countable]     army pronunciation in British English
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  1. 1
    [often singular] a large organization of soldiers who are trained to fight wars on land. Together with a country’s navy and air force, the army makes up the armed forces

    After leaving school, he joined the army.

    Both of her sons are in the army.

    The British Army has been involved in peacekeeping operations.

  2. 2
    an organized group of people who are working together or helping someone
    army of:

    Armies of rescue workers are sorting through the rubble.

    1. a.
      a large number of people doing the same thing or in the same situation
      army of:

      She was surrounded by an army of adoring fans.

      the growing army of the unemployed

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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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