territory
Pronunciation
  • (America) IPA: /ˈtɛɹɪˌtɔɹi/
  • (British) IPA: /ˈtɛɹɪt(ə)ɹi/

Noun

territory

  1. A large extent or tract of land; for example a region, country or district.
  2. (Canada) One of three of Canada's federated entities, located in the country's Arctic, with fewer powers than a province and created by an act of Parliament rather than by the Constitution: Yukon, Northwest Territories, and Nunavut.
  3. (Australia) One of three of Australia's federated entities, located in the country's north and southeast, with fewer powers than a state and created by an act of Parliament rather than by the Constitution: Northern Territory, Australian Capital Territory and Jervis Bay Territory.
  4. A geographic area under control of a single governing entity such as state or municipality; an area whose borders are determined by the scope of political power rather than solely by natural features such as rivers and ridges.
  5. (ecology) An area that an animal of a particular species consistently defends against its conspecifics.
  6. (sports and games) The part of the playing field or board over which a player or team has control.
  7. A geographic area that a person or organization is responsible for in the course of work.
  8. A location or logical space which someone owns or controls.
  9. A market segment or scope of professional practice over which an organization or type of practitioner has exclusive rights.
  10. An area of subject matter, knowledge, or experience.
    • 12 July 2012, Sam Adams, AV Club Ice Age: Continental Drift
      The matter of whether the world needs a fourth Ice Age movie pales beside the question of why there were three before it, but Continental Drift feels less like an extension of a theatrical franchise than an episode of a middling TV cartoon, lolling around on territory that’s already been settled.
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