- 1Relating to or characteristic of a nation; common to a whole nation: this policy may have been in the national interest a national newspaperMore example sentences
- The two-hour show was televised on the national network so the whole country could watch.
- The national team turns the whole country orange and has a massive appeal to the fans.
- But the underlining issue is the coverage the game as a whole receives from national media.
- 1.1Owned, controlled, or financially supported by the state: plans for a national art libraryMore example sentences
- She feels at the moment there is no way to express support on a national scale.
- If we do not choose the best to control our national assets, we dare not complain when we get the worst.
- For the moment the data support a national ultrasound screening programme for aortic aneurysm.
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- 1A citizen of a particular country: a German nationalMore example sentences
- Children of foreign nationals born prior to this date automatically received Irish citizenship.
- This status affords less legal protection than foreign nationals would receive in China.
- The outbreak of war also meant he had to return to Russia, as he was a foreign national in Germany.
- 2 (usually nationals) A national newspaper as opposed to a local one: the inability of the local press to compete with the nationals for newsMore example sentences
- He was in all the nationals and on the front page of one of the broadsheets by Saturday morning.
- The new technology could one day be extended to cover British nationals.
- The protagonist of the book is a journalist who works for a local paper and also freelances for the nationals.
- 3 (the National) another name for Grand National.
- [sentence adverb]: nationally, there has been a 2.5 per cent drop in car crimeMore example sentences
- He was told that the Local Government Association was looking at how to deal with the problem nationally.
- This places the school in the top quarter of similar schools nationally.
- Car traffic is growing by one per cent a year nationally and in York we are trying to prevent further growth.
late 16th century: from French, from Latin natio(n-) 'birth, race of people' (see nation).