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Noun territory has 3 senses


territoryn. [L. territorium, from terra the earth: cf. F. territoire. See Terrace.].
  •  A large extent or tract of land; a region; a country; a district.  [1913 Webster]
    "He looked, and saw wide territory spread
    Before him -- towns, and rural works between.
    "  [1913 Webster]
  •  The extent of land belonging to, or under the dominion of, a prince, state, or other form of government; often, a tract of land lying at a distance from the parent country or from the seat of government; as, the territory of a State; the territories of the East India Company.  [1913 Webster]
  •  In the United States, a portion of the country not included within the limits of any State, and not yet admitted as a State into the Union, but organized with a separate legislature, under a Territorial governor and other officers appointed by the President and Senate of the United States. In Canada, a similarly organized portion of the country not yet formed into a Province.  [1913 Webster]


territory, n. (pl. -ies)
1 the extent of the land under the jurisdiction of a ruler, State, city, etc.
2 (Territory) an organized division of a country, esp. one not yet admitted to the full rights of a State.
3 a sphere of action or thought; a province.
4 the area over which a commercial traveller or goods-distributor operates.
5 Zool. an area defended by an animal or animals against others of the same species.
6 an area defended by a team or player in a game.
7 a large tract of land.

ME f. L territorium f. terra land



Kreis, Lebensraum, acres, air space, airspace, alluvion, alluvium, ally, ambit, arable land, archbishopric, archdiocese, archduchy, archdukedom, area, arrondissement, back country, bailiwick, belt, bishopric, body politic, borough, buffer state, canton, captive nation, champaign, chieftaincy, chieftainry, city, city-state, clay, clear space, clearance, clearing, clod, colony, commonweal, commonwealth, commune, confines, congressional district, constablewick, constituency, continental shelf, corridor, country, county, crust, demesne, departement, department, desert, diocese, dirt, distant prospect, district, division, domain, dominion, dry land, duchy, dukedom, dust, earldom, earth, electoral district, electorate, empery, empire, empty view, environs, footing, free city, freehold, glade, glebe, government, grand duchy, grassland, ground, hamlet, heartland, hinterland, hundred, kingdom, land, landholdings, lithosphere, living space, magistracy, mandant, mandate, mandated territory, mandatee, mandatory, marginal land, marl, metropolis, metropolitan area, milieu, mold, nation, nationality, neighborhood, oblast, offshore rights, okrug, open country, open space, orbit, outback, parish, part, parts, patch, place, plain, polis, polity, possession, power, prairie, precinct, precincts, premises, principality, principate, protectorate, province, puppet government, puppet regime, purlieu, purlieus, quarter, real estate, real property, realm, region, regolith, republic, riding, salient, satellite, section, sector, seneschalty, settlement, sheriffalty, sheriffwick, shire, shrievalty, sod, soil, soke, sovereign nation, space, sphere, sphere of influence, stake, stamping ground, state, steppe, subaerial deposit, subsoil, sultanate, superpower, terra, terra firma, terrain, the country, three-mile limit, toparchia, toparchy, topsoil, town, township, tract, turf, twelve-mile limit, vantage, vicinage, vicinity, village, walk, wapentake, ward, wide-open spaces, wilderness, woodland, zone




N government, legal authority, soveriegn, sovereign authority, authority, master, direction, national government, nation, state, country, nation- state, dominion, republic, empire, union, democratic republic, kingdom, principality, state government, state, shire, province, county, canton, territory, duchy, archduchy, archdukedom, woiwodshaft, commonwealth, region, property, county, parish city, domain, tract, arrondissement, mofussil, commune, wappentake, hundred, riding, lathe, garth, soke, tithing, ward, precinct, bailiwick, command, empire, sway, rule, dominion, domination, sovereignty, supremacy, suzerainty, lordship, headship, chiefdom, seigniory, seigniority, rule, sway, command, control, administer, govern, lead, preside over, reign, possess the throne, be seated on the throne, occupy the throne, sway the scepter, wield the scepter, wear the crown, state, realm, body politic, posse comitatus, judicature, cabinet, seat of government, seat of authority, headquarters, accession, installation, politics, reign, regime, dynasty, directorship, dictatorship, protectorate, protectorship, caliphate, pashalic, electorate, presidency, presidentship, administration, proconsul, consulship, prefecture, seneschalship, magistrature, magistracy, monarchy, kinghood, kingship, royalty, regality, aristarchy, aristocracy, oligarchy, democracy, theocracy, demagogy, commonwealth, dominion, heteronomy, republic, republicanism, socialism, collectivism, mob law, mobocracy, ochlocracy, vox populi, imperium in imperio, bureaucracy, beadledom, bumbledom, stratocracy, military power, military government, junta, feodality, feudal system, feudalism, thearchy, theocracy, dinarchy, duarchy, triarchy, heterarchy, duumvirate, triumvirate, autocracy, autonomy, limited monarchy, constitutional government, constitutional monarchy, home rule, representative government, monocracy, pantisocracy, gynarchy, gynocracy, gynaeocracy, petticoat government, legislature, judiciary, administration, office of the president, office of the prime minister, cabinet, senate, house of representatives, parliament, council, courts, supreme court, state, interior, labor, health and human services, defense, education, agriculture, justice, commerce, treasury, Federal Bureau of Investigation, FBI, Central Intelligence Agency, CIA, National Institutes of Health, NIH, Postal Service, Post Office, Federal Aviation Administration, FAA, president, vice president, cabinet member, prime minister, minister, senator, representatative, president pro tem, speaker of the house, department head, section head, section chief, federal judge, justice, justice of the supreme court, chief justice, treasurer, secretary of the treasury, director of the FBI, governor, state cabinet member, state senator, assemblyman, assemblywoman, regal, sovereign, governing, royal, royalist, monarchical, kingly, imperial, imperiatorial, princely, feudal, aristocratic, autocratic, oligarchic, republican, dynastic, ruling, regnant, gubernatorial, imperious, authoritative, executive, administrative, clothed with authority, official, departmental, ex officio, imperative, peremptory, overruling, absolute, hegemonic, hegemonical, authorized, government, public, national, federal, his majesty's, her majesty's, state, county, city, N, a dog's obeyed in office, cada uno tiene su alguazil, le Roi le veut, regibus esse manus en nescio longas, regnant populi, the demigod Authority, the right divine of kings to govern wrong, uneasy lies the head that wears a crown.


N property, possession, suum cuique, meum et tuum, ownership, proprietorship, lordship, seignority, empire, interest, stake, estate, right, title, claim, demand, holding, tenure, vested interest, contingent interest, beneficial interest, equitable interest, use, trust, benefit, legal estate, equitable estate, seizin, seisin, absolute interest, paramount estate, freehold, fee tail, fee simple, estate in fee, estate in tail, estate tail, estate in tail male, estate in tail female, estate in tail general, limitation, term, lease, settlement, strict settlement, particular estate, estate for life, estate for years, estate pur autre vie, remainder, reversion, expectancy, possibility, dower, dowry, jointure, appanage, inheritance, heritage, patrimony, alimony, legacy, Falcidian law, paternal estate, thirds, assets, belongings, means, resources, circumstances, wealth, money, what one is worth, what one will cut up for, estate and effects, landed property, landed real estate property, realty, land, lands, tenements, hereditaments, corporeal hereditaments, incorporeal hereditaments, acres, ground, acquest, messuage, toft, territory, state, kingdom, principality, realm, empire, protectorate, sphere of influence, manor, honor, domain, demesne, farm, plantation, hacienda, allodium, fief, fieff, feoff, feud, zemindary, dependency, arado, merestead, ranch, free lease-holds, copy lease-holds, folkland, chattels real, fixtures, plant, heirloom, easement, right of common, right of user, personal property, personal estate, personal effects, personalty, chattels, goods, effects, movables, stock, stock in trade, things, traps, rattletraps, paraphernalia, equipage, parcels, appurtenances, impedimenta, luggage, baggage, bag and baggage, pelf, cargo, lading, rent roll, income, maul and wedges, patent, copyright, chose in action, credit, debt, one's own, landed, predial, manorial, allodial, free lease-hold, copy lease-hold, feudal, feodal, to one's credit, to one's account, to the good, to one and his heirs for ever, to one and the heirs of his body, to one and his heirs and assigns, to one and his executors administrators and assign.

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