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noun territory pronunciation in British English /ˈterət(ə)ri/ 
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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.

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

      These two rooms are my territory, so stay out.

    2. 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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