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noun territory pronunciation in British English /ˈterət(ə)ri/
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singularterritory
pluralterritories
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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
      US territories and possessions
  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.
    Male birds compete for territories and mates.
    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 Authority’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 United’s territory.
  3. 3
    [uncountable] an area of knowledge, study, or experience
    Social work is familiar territory to her.

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