territory


territory
noun
1 area of land that belongs to one country, etc.
ADJECTIVE
vast
new

The explorers set off to conquer new territories.

former

former French territories

neighbouring/neighboring, surrounding
home, national
alien, foreign, overseas
enemy, hostile
friendly
neutral
colonial, dependent (esp. BrE), trust (esp. BrE)

a UN trust territory administered by New Zealand

sovereign

Troops were stationed on sovereign German territory.

annexed, conquered, lost, occupied

a town in British-occupied territory

contested, disputed
familiar, home (both figurative)

The writer is back on home territory with his latest novel.

uncharted, unexplored, unfamiliar, unknown, virgin (all often figurative)
dangerous (often figurative)
VERB + TERRITORY
hold
annex, capture, conquer, invade, occupy, recapture, take
control, govern, rule

The territory had been controlled by Azerbaijan for many years.

cede, surrender
lose
enter, stray into

The soldiers strayed into hostile territory.

leave
settle

The territory was never densely settled.

stake out (often figurative)

The parties have been staking out their territory on education.

chart, explore, map out (all often figurative)

Tired of writing detective novels, she began to explore new territory.

cover (often figurative)

Many books have covered this territory before.

2 of an animal
ADJECTIVE
breeding, nesting
VERB + TERRITORY
defend, patrol, protect
establish, mark, mark out

The male establishes a territory and attracts a female.


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  • territory — ter·ri·to·ry / ter ə ˌtōr ē/ n pl ries 1: a geographical area belonging to or under the jurisdiction of a governmental authority 2: a political subdivision of a country 3: a part of the U.S. (as Guam or the U.S. Virgin Islands) not included… …   Law dictionary

  • Territory — Ter ri*to*ry, n.; pl. {Territories}. [L. territorium, from terra the earth: cf. F. territoire. See {Terrace}.] 1. A large extent or tract of land; a region; a country; a district. [1913 Webster] He looked, and saw wide territory spread Before him …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • territory — [ter′ə tôr΄ē] n. pl. territories [ME < L territorium < terra,TERRA] 1. the land and waters under the jurisdiction of a nation, state, ruler, etc. 2. a part of a country or empire that does not have the full status of a principal division;… …   English World dictionary

  • Territory — (engl., d.i. Gebiet), die officielle Bezeichnung eines innerhalb der Grenzen der Vereinigten Staaten von Nordamerika gelegenen, durch Congreßacte abgegrenzten Landesgebietes, welches nochnicht die zur Bildung eines eigenen Staates erforderliche… …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • territory — ► NOUN (pl. territories) 1) an area under the jurisdiction of a ruler or state. 2) (Territory) an organized division of a country not having the full rights of a state. 3) an area defended by an animal against others of the same sex or species.… …   English terms dictionary

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