Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

politics - definition and synonyms


What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.



The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary. Click on the thesaurus category heading under the button in an entry to see the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

noun politics pronunciation in American English /ˈpɑlətɪks/
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  1. 1
    [uncountable] the ideas and activities involved in getting power in a country or over a particular area of the world

    She’s heavily involved in local politics.

    Let’s not talk about politics now.

    Many people feel that their interests are not represented by mainstream politics.

  2. 2
    [uncountable] the profession of being a politician
    go into/enter politics:

    He entered politics at the age of 21.

  3. 3
    [uncountable] the ideas and activities used by people within a particular group to try to get power

    Now that I’m self-employed, I don’t have to worry about office politics.

  4. 4
    [plural] your politics are your beliefs and attitudes about how government should work

    Her politics became more conservative as she grew older.

  5. 5
    [uncountable] the study of how people gain and use political power

    a degree in politics

  6. 6
    [uncountable] the use by someone of particular ideas to try to get what they want
    politics of:

    The party is trying to exploit the politics of class envy.



to fall over forwards so that your face hits the ground or another surface

BuzzWord Article

Open Dictionary


the activity of exploring abandoned buildings and other manmade structures

add a word


A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog
Macmillan learn live love play