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adjective foreign pronunciation in British English /ˈfɒrɪn/
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  1. 1
    from another country, or in another country
    Working in a foreign country takes some getting used to.
    Do you speak any foreign languages?
    They’ve already had two foreign holidays this year.
    1. a.
      dealing with or relating to other countries
      foreign policy
      the part of the newspaper dealing with foreign affairs
  2. 2
    not typical of something or someone and therefore not expected or familiar
    In some versions of free-market economics, the notion of public service is quite foreign.
    foreign to: She was in a state of deep depression that was totally foreign to her nature.
  3. 3
    medical not forming a normal part of the bodys immune system
    the immune system’s response to foreign proteins

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