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noun [countable]     raison d’être pronunciation in British English
/ˌreɪzɒ̃ ˈdetrə/
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singularraison d’être
pluralraisons d’être
  1. 1
    the reason why something exists or is considered to be important

    Sharing problems with others is the group’s raison d’être.

  2. 2
    the main purpose of someone’s life

    Looking after her grandchildren seemed to be her whole raison d’être.

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a description of an economic or political situation based on analysis of information at the present time

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an unregulated form of capitalism that features financial deregulation, privatisation and low tax for high earners

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