Definition of "territory" []

  • An area of land; a region. (noun)
  • The land and waters under the jurisdiction of a government. (noun)
  • A political subdivision of a country. (noun)
  • A geographic region, such as a colonial possession, that is dependent on an external government: the territories of the Holy Roman Empire. (noun)
  • A subdivision of the United States that is not a state and is administered by an appointed or elected governor and elected legislature. (noun)
  • Any tract of land; district (noun)

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  • The geographical domain under the jurisdiction of a political unit, esp of a sovereign state (noun)
  • The district for which an agent, etc, is responsible (noun)
  • An area inhabited and defended by an individual animal or a breeding group of animals (noun)
  • An area of knowledge (noun)
  • (in football, hockey, etc) the area defended by a team (noun)
  • A region of a country, esp of a federal state, that enjoys less autonomy and a lower status than most constituent parts of the state (noun)
  • A protectorate or other dependency of a country (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "territory" in a sentence
  • "Both areas were then organized as one territory, Xinjiang (literally, “new territory”), with its capital at Urumchi; it became a province in 1884."
  • "Congress made up its mind for good on the 16th of July, 1790, and decided that the President should be intrusted with the care of choosing “on the river Potomac” a territory, ten miles square, which should become the “Federal territory” and the permanent seat of the Government of the United States."
  • "In its extent the first ordinance covered _all territory_ ceded or to be ceded; the second ordinance covered only the territory north west of the"