UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈneɪʃən/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/ˈneɪʃən/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(nāshən)

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You use nation to refer to a country, together with its social and political structures.
These policies require cooperation between the world's industrialized nations.
You can also use nation to mean the people who live in a country.
He asked the nation to be patient.
Nation can also to refer to a group of people who are part of the same linguistic or historical group, even if they are not politically independent.
We studied the traditions and culture of the Great Sioux Nation.
Be careful
Don't use ‘nation’ simply to refer to a place. Don't say, for example, ‘What nation do you come from?’ When you are referring to a place, use country, not ‘nation’.
There are over a hundred edible species growing in this country.
Have you any plans to leave the country in the next few days?
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