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  1. ter·ri·to·ry
    IPA[ˈterəˌtôrē]
  2. noun

    • 1. an area of land under the jurisdiction of a ruler or state:

      the government was prepared to give up the nuclear weapons on its territory sorties into enemy territory
    • 2. an area defended by an animal or group of animals against others of the same sex or species:

      male blackbirds try to attract as many females to their territory as possible
    • 3. an area defended by a team or player in a game or sport.

    • 4. an area in which one has certain rights or for which one has responsibility with regard to a particular type of activity:

      a sales rep for a large territory
      Synonym : domain, area of concern/interest/knowledge, province, department, field, preserve, sphere, arena, realm, world, bailiwick, turf, sphere of operations, area, section, stomping ground, haunts, purlieus, turf, patch, manor
    • 5. land with a specified characteristic:

      woodland territory
      Synonym : terrain, land, tract of land, ground, countryside
    • 6. (especially in the US, Canada, or Australia) an organized division of a country that is not yet admitted to the full rights of a state.

    • 7. an area of knowledge, activity, or experience:

      the contentious territory of clinical standards the way she felt now—she was in unknown territory
  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: territory, plural noun: territories

    • noun

      an area of land under the jurisdiction of a ruler or state:

      an area defended by an animal or group of animals against others of the same sex or species:

    • any of several territories of India which are administered by the central government.
    • a region and former territory of the US that lies between the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers and the Great Lakes. It was acquired in 1783 after the American Revolution and now forms the states of Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, and Wisconsin.
    • a territory of northwestern Canada, on the border with Alaska; population 30,372 (2006); capital, Whitehorse. The population increased briefly during the Klondike gold rush (1897–9).
    • noun

      a territory under the trusteeship of the United Nations or of a country designated by it.
    • a state in northern central Australia; population 219,818 (2008); capital town, Darwin. The territory was annexed by the state of South Australia in 1863 and administered by the Commonwealth of Australia from 1911. It became a self-governing territory in 1978.
    • noun

      a territory containing the capital city of a country, in Australia, Nigeria, Pakistan, and elsewhere.
    • noun

      semi-formal dress for a man consisting of a white shirt, long trousers (or shorts with long white socks), and no jacket:
    • a state of north central Australia; population 219,818 (2008); capital, Darwin. The territory was annexed by the state of South Australia in 1863, and administered by the Commonwealth of Australia from 1911. It became a self-governing territory in 1978.
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