• IPA: /ˈɹɛfjʊdʒiː/, /ɹɛfjʊˈdʒiː/

refugee (plural refugees)

  1. A person seeking refuge in a foreign country out of fear of political persecution or the prospect of such persecution in their home country, i.e., a person seeking political asylum.
  2. A person seeking refuge due to a natural disaster, war, etc.
  3. A person formally granted political or economic asylum by a country other than their home country.
  4. (by extension) A person who flees one place or institution for another.
    • 2010, Brian Harrison, Finding a Role?: The United Kingdom 1970-1990 (page 2181)
      Why did the SDP dream eventually fade? Partly because it succeeded far better inside parliament than out. It might attract some inner-city Catholic traditionalist Labour refugees from Labour's left, but many of those were already gentrifying.
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  • German: Flüchtling
  • Portuguese: asilado
  • Russian: бе́женец

refugee (refugees, present participle refugeeing; past and past participle refugeed)

  1. (transitive, US, historical) To convey (slaves) away from the advance of the federal forces.

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