Definition of bilateral in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌbīˈladərəl/


1Having or relating to two sides; affecting both sides: bilateral hearing is essential for sound location
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  • Audiological testing showed major bilateral sensorineural hearing loss by 12 weeks.
  • Angiogram showing bilateral occlusions of superficial femoral arteries in thighs.
  • However, severe side effects may occur, including bilateral necrosis of the hip and gastric ulceration.
1.1Involving two parties, usually countries: the recently concluded bilateral agreements with Japan
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  • It is not easy for third parties to intervene in bilateral contentious litigation.
  • Countries have instead resorted to bilateral trade agreements in a bid to gain tariff reduction up to zero percent.
  • A bilateral agreement with Mexico allows workers to come to Canada for harvesting and planting.



Pronunciation: /ˌbīˈladərəlē/
Example sentences
  • The advantage of running these small programmes bilaterally is that we can often identify an issue, work up a project and secure funding for it relatively quickly.
  • Expanding free trade bilaterally, regionally, and ultimately, globally, is part and parcel of an ongoing response to those attacks.
  • We need to sustain a coalition of nations that cooperates bilaterally and multilaterally with us in the counter terrorism mission.

Words that rhyme with bilateral

collateral, equilateral, lateral, multilateral, quadrilateral, trilateral, unilateral

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Syllabification: bi·lat·er·al

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