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noun wilderness pronunciation in British English /ˈwɪldə(r)nəs/
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pluralwildernesses

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  1. 1
    [countable] an area of land where people do not live or grow crops and where there are no buildings
    the Alaskan wilderness
    1. a.
      a place that is not looked after
      The garden has become a weed-infested wilderness.
  2. 2
    [singular] a period of time when you are not as successful as you were previously
    The party spent several years in the political wilderness.

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