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territory

[ ter-i-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee ]
/ ˈtɛr ɪˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i /
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noun, plural ter·ri·to·ries.

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Origin of territory

1400–50; late Middle English <Latin territōrium land round a town, district, equivalent to terr(a) land + -i--i- + -tōrium-tory2
sub·ter·ri·to·ry, noun, plural sub·ter·ri·to·ries.
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British Dictionary definitions for territory (1 of 2)

territory
/ (ˈtɛrɪtərɪ, -trɪ) /

noun plural -ries

C15: from Latin territōrium land surrounding a town, from terra land

British Dictionary definitions for territory (2 of 2)

Territory
/ (ˈtɛrɪtərɪ, -trɪ) /

noun

the Territory Australian See Northern Territory
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Scientific definitions for territory

territory
[ tĕrĭ-tôr′ē ]

A geographic area occupied by a single animal, mating pair, or group. Animals usually defend their territory vigorously against intruders, especially of the same species, but the defense often takes the form of prominent, threatening displays rather than out-and-out fighting. Different animals mark off territory in different ways, as by leaving traces of their scent along the boundaries or, in the case of birds, modifying their calls to keep out intruders.
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Idioms and Phrases with territory

territory

see come with the territory; cover the field (territory).

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