October 10, 2021
Learner's Word of the Day
independence /ˌɪndəˈpɛndəns/ noun
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Learner's definition of INDEPENDENCE

1 : freedom from outside control or support : the state of being independent


  • They are fighting for independence from colonial rule. [=fighting because they want to stop being a colony ruled by another country]

  • Her ambition is to achieve financial independence. [=to earn all the money she needs; to not depend on money given by anyone else]

  • She asserted her independence from her parents by getting her own apartment.

  • The country declared (its) independence. [=said that it would no longer accept the rule of another country]

  • a war of independence [=a war that is fought to gain independence]


  • He has shown a fierce independence of spirit/thought.

2 [noncount] : the time when a country or region gains political freedom from outside control

  • A month after independence, elections were held.

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