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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
a member state/country/nation (=a country that belongs to an international organization)
▪ the member states of the European Union
developed countries/nations
developing countries/nations
▪ aid to developing countries
Francophone countries/nations/communities
industrial countries/nations/states
▪ a meeting of the world’s major industrial nations
nation state
▪ European union is seen as a threat to the sovereignty of the nation state.
subjugated people/nation/country
sweep the country/nation/state etc
▪ a wave of nationalism sweeping the country
United Nations
▪ Theirs is a tragedy for our entire nation.
▪ All groups should enthusiastically coordinate their social and economic activities to achieve the good of the entire nation.
▪ What is good for the food industry can be fatally bad for the health of the entire nation.
▪ Probably not, although there is no uniform law on this question applicable to the entire nation.
▪ Complete public humiliation in front of the entire nation is a prospect likely to make a man reckless, desperate even.
▪ Imagine an entire nation of people missing their mutton.
▪ It was an entire nation of pragmatists, each individual swaying with the prevailing wind to ensure his or her own future.
▪ It must involve the total mobilization of the creative energies, imagination and problem-solving capacities of the entire nation.
▪ No advanced industrial nation gives corporations a freer hand in busting unions.
▪ The conference, bringing together the world's seven leading industrial nations, centred on trade talks.
▪ Seatbelt-use rates are higher in other industrial nations than in the United States.
▪ The major, Western industrial nations are today using 17% less energy per unit of economic growth than they were in 1973.
▪ He remains a federal employee and is handling preparations for the upcoming meeting of the seven major industrial nations.
▪ We were then the greatest industrial nation on earth.
▪ In the end the Group of Seven leading industrial nations supported the debt relief campaign for two reasons.
▪ If other nations want the data, they should share the costs, it says.
▪ Almost all the characteristics that I enumerate apply to other nations in one way or another.
▪ If he can alter the fortunes of the superpower state for the better, other nations will follow.
▪ They go about this work, however, in a way somewhat different from computer firms in other nations.
▪ The policy traditions are again quite distinctive in other nations.
▪ What other nation can not even settle on its own name?
▪ Now, finally, Taylor is urging some one to climb above the heap. Other nations always have.
▪ Greater stability would give poorer nations the opportunity to reduce their own military expenditure.
▪ Eighty percent of the legal needs of the poor of our nation, mostly minorities, are not met.
▪ This runs parallel with the use of force to suppress uprisings in poor nations against policies of these same institutions.
▪ One such factor is economic: Poor nations are simply unable to afford environmentally sound consumption and production practices.
▪ But the poorer nations would also have to accept binding targets for cutting emissions.
▪ We are a poor, underdeveloped nation.
▪ Global surpluses can likewise be meaningless to the dozens of poor nations that have overwhelming demands placed on slim foreign exchange reserves.
▪ The education target is in even more danger unless richer nations act. / Happy as Lowry?
▪ Around the globe, the richer nations have made easing the overcrowding of third world cities a top aid priority.
▪ The rich industrial nations dominate the global economy, they believe.
▪ His are the kind, I must suppose, that make men rich and nations prosperous.
▪ In 1993, for every dollar given in aid rich nations took back three in debt repayments.
▪ The Soviet Union has the potential to be one of the richest nations on earth.
▪ While poor countries have liberalised their markets, rich nations have remained protectionist, especially in areas such as textiles and agriculture.
▪ Encouragement and funding by richer nations could establish more national parks, essential for preserving the many different kinds of forest.
▪ The major, Western industrial nations are today using 17% less energy per unit of economic growth than they were in 1973.
▪ This same change of emphasis has occurred in the industry of all the Western industrial nations.
▪ Most Western nations tolerate Salmonella in chickens and scrapie in sheep, but this must change.
▪ But leading Western nations argued that the Bank management had not considered its environmental and social effects properly.
▪ The Marxist tradition emphasises the dominance of capital in the economy of western nations.
▪ This is tragedy, completely unacceptable when comfortable Western nations are replete with food, and waste huge amounts of it.
▪ Regional unemployment and regional recession are an economic loss to the whole nation and they will not rectify themselves on their own.
▪ In these samples, less than a few thousand people may represent a whole nation of viewers.
▪ Champion recovered from cancer during 1979 / 80 to make a recovery that the whole nation could marvel at.
▪ A whole nation, all of civilized society, perhaps, seeking the blameless state of madness.
▪ Far better condemn the whole nation to watching television.
▪ He called forth again the language of the elect, but turned it from the Puritan community to the whole nation.
▪ I hope that the decision taken tonight will be to the benefit of the whole nation.
▪ Formerly, the rich depended in some way on the well-being of the whole nation.
▪ All member nations who wish to be represented are allowed to have one vote - nomatterhow large or small the nations are.
▪ He sees the United Nations not simply as bloated, but as encroaching dangerously and purposefully on the sovereignty of member nations.
▪ Such information is to be forwarded to other member nations by the Commission.
▪ We have been a nation state for a very long time.
▪ The bottom line was that in the Soviet Union, as in every other nation state in history, money talked.
▪ On the one hand they are rebuilding in Berlin the grandiose capital of a restored nation state.
▪ These constitute the basis upon which the very possibility of a nation state rests.
▪ And people live still inside nation states with all their dense allegiances and histories.
▪ First, collecting relevant data on the independent nation states of the world can be difficult and time-consuming.
▪ The extension of the method to aggregate data on nation states will certainly follow, but will involve more complicated techniques.
▪ Virtually all nation states are multi-national, multi-ethnic, multi-lingual, multi-cultural.
▪ Answer: We are becoming a nation without culture.
▪ Neither became nation states until the nineteenth century.
▪ Britain became an elderly nation before others started to turn grey.
▪ I believe that generosity becomes less between nations, as the world economy heads for a more frightening decline.
▪ And we claim to be a developed nation.
▪ At the same time, developing nations are growing more and more thirsty for energy as their industries grow.
▪ In the years since, developing nations have closed the gap with remarkable speed.
▪ Sensitive to such shortcomings, family planning agencies in many developing nations have taken steps to make services more accessible.
▪ The average person in a developing nation consumes only 1, 031 pounds of food.
▪ One obvious way for developing nations to get the money is for outside donors to give it to them.
▪ The competition between the superpowers to purchase the friendship of developing nations was over.
▪ So far we have concentrated on the future of the developed nations.
▪ But it is becoming increasingly important that an accord on foreign corporate investment is negotiated between leading industrial nations.
▪ But leading Western nations argued that the Bank management had not considered its environmental and social effects properly.
▪ California leads the nation in shifting to managed care, with San Diego County in the vanguard.
▪ Above all: Is Clinton ready to lead the nation?
England is a nation of shopkeepers
the United Nations
▪ industrialized nations
▪ Japan has become one of the richest nations in the world.
▪ Representatives from the world's leading industrial nations will meet in Geneva.
▪ The President's speech to the nation lasted about ten minutes.
▪ We are a nation of both great wealth and terrible poverty.
▪ But this cautious, adroit, enigmatic leader seemed for long to be very much what the nation and the times required.
▪ Earlier maps had underestimated the distances to other continents and exaggerated the outlines of individual nations.
▪ For a host of reasons, the nation today has much for which to be thankful.
▪ Now, with the morning Times on breakfast tables across the nation, the news was out.
▪ Statistics show that there are three million women in this nation supporting themselves in the crowded cities of the East.
▪ The possibility of resistance lay in an appeal to the sovereign nation in the form of the mob.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Nation \Na"tion\, n. [F. nation, L. natio nation, race, orig., a being born, fr. natus, p. p. of nasci, to be born, for gnatus, gnasci, from the same root as E. kin. [root]44. See Kin kindred, and cf. Cognate, Natal, Native.]

  1. (Ethnol.) A part, or division, of the people of the earth, distinguished from the rest by common descent, language, or institutions; a race; a stock.

    All nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues.
    --Rev. vii. 9.

  2. The body of inhabitants of a country, united under an independent government of their own.

    A nation is the unity of a people.

    Praise the power that hath made and preserved us a nation.
    --F. S. Key.

  3. Family; lineage. [Obs.]

    1. One of the divisions of university students in a classification according to nativity, formerly common in Europe.

    2. (Scotch Universities) One of the four divisions (named from the parts of Scotland) in which students were classified according to their nativity.

  4. A great number; a great deal; -- by way of emphasis; as, a nation of herbs.

    Five nations. See under Five.

    Law of nations. See International law, under International, and Law.

    Syn: people; race. See People.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

c.1300, from Old French nacion "birth, rank; descendants, relatives; country, homeland" (12c.) and directly from Latin nationem (nominative natio) "birth, origin; breed, stock, kind, species; race of people, tribe," literally "that which has been born," from natus, past participle of nasci "be born" (Old Latin gnasci; see genus). Political sense has gradually predominated, but earliest English examples inclined toward the racial meaning "large group of people with common ancestry." Older sense preserved in application to North American Indian peoples (1640s). Nation-building first attested 1907 (implied in nation-builder).


Etymology 1 n. 1 An historically constituted, stable community of people, formed on the basis of a common language, territory, economic life, ethnicity and/or psychological make-up manifested in a common culture. 2 (context international legal English) A sovereign state. Etymology 2

adv. (context rare dialectal English) extremely; very n. (context rare English) damnation.

  1. n. a politically organized body of people under a single government; "the state has elected a new president"; "African nations"; "students who had come to the nation's capitol"; "the country's largest manufacturer"; "an industrialized land" [syn: state, country, land, commonwealth, res publica, body politic]

  2. the people who live in a nation or country; "a statement that sums up the nation's mood"; "the news was announced to the nation"; "the whole country worshipped him" [syn: land, country, a people]

  3. a federation of tribes (especially native American tribes); "the Shawnee nation"

  4. United States prohibitionist who raided saloons and destroyed bottles of liquor with a hatchet (1846-1911) [syn: Carry Nation, Carry Amelia Moore Nation]


A nation (from Latin: natio, "people, tribe, kin, genus, class, flock") is a large group or collective of people with common characteristics attributed to them - including language, traditions, mores (customs), habitus (habits), and ethnicity. A nation, by comparison, is more impersonal, abstract, and overtly political than an ethnic group. It is a cultural-political community that has become conscious of its autonomy, unity, and particular interests.

Stalin's Marxism and the National Question (1913) declares that "a nation is not a racial or tribal, but a historically constituted community of people;" "a nation is not a casual or ephemeral conglomeration, but a stable community of people"; "a nation is formed only as a result of lengthy and systematic intercourse, as a result of people living together generation after generation"; and, in its entirety: "a nation is a historically constituted, stable community of people, formed on the basis of a common language, territory, economic life, and psychological make-up manifested in a common culture."

The nation has been described by Benedict Anderson as an " imagined community" and by Paul James as an "abstract community". It is an imagined community in the sense that the material conditions exist for imagining extended and shared connections. It is an abstract community in the sense that it is objectively impersonal, even if each individual in the nation experiences him or herself as subjectively part of an embodied unity with others. For the most part, members of a nation remain strangers to each other and will never likely meet. Hence the phrase, "a nation of strangers" used by such writers as Vance Packard.

Nation (disambiguation)

A nation is a unified social community. Nation or The Nation may also refer to:

  • A country, a division of a geographical territory marked by boundaries
Nation (nightclub)

Nation (formerly The Capital Ballroom) was a live music/club venue, located at 1015 Half Street SE, in the Navy Yard/Near Southeast neighborhood, of Washington, D.C.

It was larger than any other club in the D.C. area, with three levels indoors and a multi-level outdoor patio. The large rooms, sound, and lighting systems made it a popular destination for the rave, goth, drum & bass and gay communities.

Nation (novel)

Nation is a novel by Terry Pratchett, published in the UK on 11 September 2008. It was the first non- Discworld Pratchett novel since Johnny and the Bomb (1996). Nation is a low fantasy set in an alternative history of our world in the 1860s. The book received recognition as a Michael L. Printz Honor Book for 2009.

Nation (Sepultura album)

Nation is the eighth studio album by the Brazilian metal band Sepultura, released in 2001 through Roadrunner Records. Nation features guest appearances from artists such as Hatebreed singer Jamey Jasta, Dead Kennedys singer Jello Biafra, Ill Niño singer Cristian Machado, Bile frontman Krztoff and Apocalyptica.

According to the official site, a video for "One Man Army" was scheduled to be filmed at the end of August 2001. However, due to a lack of support from Roadrunner Records, the video was never made. Sepultura blamed Roadrunner Records for not promoting the album and left for SPV Records in 2002.

Nation (Paris Métro and RER)

Nation is a station of the Paris Métro and of Île-de-France's regional high-speed RER. It serves lines 1, 2, 6 and 9 of the Paris Métro and line A of the RER. It takes its name from its location at the Place de la Nation.

The line 1 station opened as part of the first stage of the line between Porte de Vincennes and Porte Maillot on 19 July 1900. The line 2 platforms opened when the line was extended from Bagnolet (now Alexandre Dumas) on 2 April 1903. The line 6 platforms opened when the line was extended from Place d'Italie to Nation on 1 March 1909. The line 9 platforms opened when the first stage of the line was extended from Richelieu – Drouot to Porte de Montreuil on 10 December 1933. On 12 December 1969, the RER station was opened as a new Paris terminus for the Ligne de Vincennes, replacing the old Gare de La Bastille. On 8 December 1977 the central section of line A opened from Nation to Auber.

It is named after the Place de la Nation, named in honour of Bastille Day in 1880. Previously it was called the Place du Trône, where guillotines were set up during the French Revolution.

Nation (university)

Student nations or simply nations ( meaning "being born") are regional corporations of students at a university. Once widespread across Europe in medieval times, they are now largely restricted to the older universities of Sweden and Finland, in part because of the violent conflicts between the nations in university towns in other countries. Medieval universities were large metropolitan centres with students from many different domestic and foreign regions. Students who were born within the same region usually spoke the same language, expected to be ruled by their own familiar laws, and therefore joined together to form the nations. The most similar comparison in the Anglo-world to the nation system is in the collegiate system of older British universities or fraternities at American universities; however, both of these comparisons are imperfect. In Portugal and Brazil, there are fraternities called Repúblicas, but this has nothing to do with the natio original concept of nations (they are created for lodgement purposes).

Nation (Dr. Acula album)

Nation is the fifth and final studio album by Deathcore band Dr. Acula, released on June 19, 2012.

Nation (surname)

Nation is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:

  • Carrie Nation (1846–1911), American activist
  • James Nation (born 1976), New Zealand field hockey player
  • Paul Nation, lexicologist
  • Terry Nation (1930–1997), British screenwriter
  • Harold Turton Nation (1876–1967), assistant provincial mineralogist, namesake of Nation Peak, British Columbia

Usage examples of "nation".

Foreign intervention, openly invited and industriously instigated by the abettors of the insurrection, became imminent, and has only been prevented by the practice of strict and impartial justice, with the most perfect moderation, in our intercourse with nations.

Instead of condemning his memory, he piously supposed, that the dying monarch had abjured the errors of Arianism, and recommended to his son the conversion of the Gothic nation.

The concept of nation in Europe developed on the terrain of the patrimonial and absolutist state.

These fugitives, who fled before the Turkish arms, passed the Tanais and Borysthenes, and boldly advanced into the heart of Poland and Germany, violating the law of nations, and abusing the rights of victory.

Western nations, thereby achieving a foreign policy goal that had become a national obsession.

To be sure, if we will all stop, and allow Judge Douglas and his friends to march on in their present career until they plant the institution all over the nation, here and wherever else our flag waves, and we acquiesce in it, there will be peace.

Stoth priest, now fully confirmed and entered into his adeptship, went before the Mechanist Union with a proposal to distribute the drug, which retards deterioration of cell generations and extends the number of such replications per organism as well as conferring extensive immunities, throughout the thirty-seven nations.

Now was led forth, amidst the insults of his enemies, and the tears of the people, this man of illustrious birth, and of the greatest renown in the nation, to suffer, for his adhering to the laws of his country, and the rights of his sovereign, the ignominious death destined to the meanest malefactor.

After a short adjournment, a committee of the lower house presented the thanks of the commons to the duke of Marlborough, for his great services performed to her majesty and the nation in the last campaign, and for his prudent negotiations with her allies.

But this incredulity vanished in a moment when the nation was startled on the 30th of July, two days after the adjournment of Congress, by a massacre at New Orleans, which had not the pretense of justification or even or provocation.

Force Levels and Iraq After Saddam Reconstructing Iraq The Limits of Knowledge and Planning First Things First: Security and Humanitarian Considerations The Importance of the United Nations Following the Bosnia Model Administering the Country and Building a New Polity Military Reform Truth and Reconciliation A Necessary Task CONCLUSIONS: Not Whether, But When Half Measures Will No Longer Work Risks and Costs Sooner or Later?

The ambassadors of the nations, more especially of the unbelieving nations, were solemnly admonished, that such strange alliances had been condemned by the founder of the church and city.

Nations thus tempted to interfere are not always able to resist the counsels of seeming expediency and ungenerous ambition, although measures adopted under such influences seldom fail to be unfortunate and injurious to those adopting them.

Once a religion is established in a nation the Lord leads that nation according to the precepts and tenets of its own religion, and He has provided that there should be precepts in every religion like those in the Decalog, that God should be worshiped, His name not be profaned, a holy day be observed, that parents be honored, murder, adultery and theft not be committed, and false witness not be spoken.

He had, in fact, crossed the designs of no less a power than the German Empire, he had blundered into the hot focus of Welt-Politik, he was drifting helplessly towards the great Imperial secret, the immense aeronautic park that had been established at a headlong pace in Franconia to develop silently, swiftly, and on an immense scale the great discoveries of Hunstedt and Stossel, and so to give Germany before all other nations a fleet of airships, the air power and the Empire of the world.