country

noun
1 area of land with its own government
ADJECTIVE
beautiful, fascinating, great

this great country of ours

hot, tropical
cold
landlocked
different, foreign, overseas, strange

It's difficult to live in a foreign country when you don't speak the language.

students from overseas countries

What must it be like, to grow old in a strange country?

home, native, own
adopted

Many servicemen gave their lives for their adopted country.

host

The refugees do jobs that workers in the host country refuse to do.

neighbouring/neighboring
distant, far, faraway
independent, sovereign (esp. AmE)
occupied
free

‘It's a free country!’ he shouted. ‘I can do what I like!’

enemy, friendly
neutral, non-aligned (esp. BrE)
war-ravaged, war-torn
African, Arab, etc.
Eastern, Western, etc.
English-speaking, francophone, etc.
EU, NATO, etc.
member, non-member

OECD member countries

developed, industrial, industrialized
developing, Third-World, underdeveloped
advanced

economically advanced countries

impoverished, low-income, poor
middle-income
affluent, high-income, rich, wealthy
densely populated, populous
capitalist, communist, democratic, socialist
Catholic, Islamic, etc.
oil-exporting, oil-producing, oil-rich
VERB + COUNTRY
govern, rule, run

The country was ruled by a brutal dictatorship.

the politicians who run the country

lead

He accused the government of leading the country to disaster.

attack, conquer, invade, occupy
defend, protect

We must remember those who died defending their country.

serve

I'm proud to serve my country.

liberate, save

a commander who saved his country from invasion

divide, polarize, split

The issue of the single currency has divided the country.

unite
destabilize, destroy, devastate, ravage

Years of civil war had ravaged the country.

rebuild
democratize, modernize, pacify, stabilize
flee, leave

The former president has been forced to flee the country.

enter

new restrictions on goods entering the country

love

He loved his country deeply.

betray
play for, represent

She represented her country at the Beijing Olympics.

tour, travel, visit

He plans to travel the country by motorcycle.

COUNTRY + VERB
border sth

countries bordering the Black Sea

produce sth
export sth, import sth

The country exports around 80% of its output.

agree sth, ratify sth, sign sth

The two countries signed a basic treaty of cooperation.

compete, participate

Over 30 countries participated in the Games.

need sth

Our country needs a leader like her.

face sth, struggle (with sth), suffer (from sth)

The country is suffering from rising unemployment.

PREPOSITION
across a/the country

They drove across the country.

all over a/the country

They are holding special events all over the country.

around a/the country, round a/the country (esp. BrE)

This is just one of 33 sites around the country.

in a/the country

people who live in this country

throughout a/the country

New schools are being built throughout the country.

PHRASES
countries around the globe, countries around the world

We operate in ten countries around the globe.

country of (sb's) birth, country of origin

the country of his birth

He cannot be deported to his country of origin.

in this country and abroad

The play has been enjoyed by audiences in this country and abroad for many years.

a part of a country

There will be rain in many parts of the country tomorrow.

the country as a whole

The rich benefited from the reforms, not the country as a whole.

2 area of land with particular features
ADJECTIVE
desert, hill, hilly, mountain, mountainous, open

The town is surrounded by miles and miles of open country.

rough, wild
farming, wine

This part of Africa is rich farming country.

hunting, walking (both esp. BrE)

superb walking country

… OF COUNTRY
stretch, tract

a beautiful stretch of country

Whole tracts of country, once fertile, have become arid.

3 land away from towns/cities
COUNTRY + NOUN
life
air
lane, road
area, district (both esp. BrE)
town, village (esp. BrE)
cottage, estate, home, house (esp. BrE), manor, mansion, residence (esp. BrE), retreat, seat (BrE)
inn, pub (BrE)
park (BrE)
fair
walk (esp. BrE)
boy, girl
gentleman, squire (esp. BrE)
bumpkin, dweller, folk, people
PREPOSITION
across country

They rode across country.

in the country

She lives in the country.


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