empire Definition

  • 1an extensive group of states or countries ruled over by a single monarch, an oligarchy, or a sovereign state
  • 2a large commercial organization controlled by one person or group
  • 3a powerful nation that extends its authority over other territories or countries

Using empire: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "empire" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The Roman Empire was one of the most powerful empires in history.

  • Example

    The British Empire once spanned a quarter of the world's land area.

  • Example

    The company has built an advertising empire through strategic acquisitions.

  • Example

    The United States is often referred to as an empire due to its global influence.

empire Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for empire

Antonyms for empire

Idioms Using empire

  • strike back at the empire

    to retaliate against a powerful entity or authority, especially one that has caused harm or oppression


    The rebels were determined to strike back at the empire and overthrow their tyrannical rulers.

  • a phrase used to describe a global empire or superpower that has territories or influence in every time zone


    During the height of the British Empire, it was said that the sun never set on their vast territories around the world.

  • emperor's new clothes

    a situation where people are afraid to criticize something because everyone else seems to think it is good or important, even though it is actually worthless or meaningless


    Many people believe that modern art is like the emperor's new clothes, with critics and collectors praising works that are incomprehensible to the general public.

Phrases with empire

  • the act of acquiring and expanding power and control over territories or organizations


    The CEO's empire building led to the company's rapid expansion and success.

  • a style of dress or blouse where the waistline is raised to just below the bustline, creating a flowing skirt below


    The bride wore a beautiful white gown with an empire waist.

  • a feeling of confidence, ambition, and pride associated with being a resident or native of New York State or New York City


    The song 'Empire State of Mind' by Jay-Z and Alicia Keys celebrates the energy and spirit of New York City.

Origins of empire

from Latin 'imperium', meaning 'command, sovereignty'


Summary: empire in Brief

The term 'empire' [ˈɛmpaɪər] refers to a group of states or countries ruled by a single monarch, oligarchy, or sovereign state. It can also refer to a large commercial organization controlled by one person or group, or a powerful nation that extends its authority over other territories or countries. Examples include the Roman Empire and the British Empire. Phrases like 'empire building' and idioms like 'the sun never sets on the empire' illustrate the concept of expanding power and influence.

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