Territory definition

tĕrĭ-tôrē
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(sports) The area of a field defended by a specified team.

Punted the ball deep into the opponent's territory.

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(biology) An area occupied by a single animal, mating pair, or group and often vigorously defended against intruders, especially those of the same species.
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Any large tract of land; region; district.
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Any specified area or region.

Foul territory in a ballpark.

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An assigned area, as of a traveling salesman or franchised dealer.
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A sphere or province of action, existence, thought, etc.
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The particular area occupied by an animal or group of animals; esp., the specific area appropriated by an animal or pair of animals, usually for breeding, nesting, and foraging purposes, and forcibly defended against by any intruders.
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(football, hockey, etc.) That half of the playing area defended by a specified team.
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An area occupied by a single animal, mating pair, or group and often vigorously defended against intruders, especially those of the same species.
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A part of a country or empire that does not have the full status of a principal division.
  • (former) A part of the U.S. having its own legislature but without the status of a state and under the administration of an appointed governor.
  • A similar region, as in Canada or Australia, without the status of a province or state.
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Territory is a plot of land controlled by a specific person, animal or country, or where a person has knowledge, rights or responsibilities.

An example of territory is all the land controlled by a king.

An example of territory is a subject on which you have a lot of knowledge.

An example of territory is the area where you have been granted an exclusive license to sell a product.

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A sphere of action or interest; a province.
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An area of land; a region.
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The land and waters under the jurisdiction of a government.
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A political subdivision of a country.
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A geographic region, such as a colonial possession, that is dependent on an external government.

The territories of the Holy Roman Empire.

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A subdivision of the United States that is not a state and is administered by an appointed or elected governor and elected legislature.
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A similarly organized political subdivision of Canada or Australia.
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A large extent or tract of land; a region; a country; a district.
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A geographic area under control of a single governing entity such as state or municipality; an area whose borders are determined by the scope of political power rather than solely by natural features such as rivers and ridges.
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(zoology) An area that an animal of a particular species consistently defends against its conspecifics.
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The land and waters under the jurisdiction of a nation, state, ruler, etc.
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A geographic area occupied by a single animal, mating pair, or group. Animals usually defend their territory vigorously against intruders, especially of the same species, but the defense often takes the form of prominent, threatening displays rather than out-and-out fighting. Different animals mark off territory in different ways, as by leaving traces of their scent along the boundaries or, in the case of birds, modifying their calls to keep out intruders.
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An area for which a person is responsible as a representative or agent.

A salesperson's territory.

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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
territory
Plural:
territories

Origin of territory

  • Middle English territorie from Latin territōrium from terra earth ters- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Latin territorium, from terra the earth

    From Wiktionary