territory

territory ter‧ri‧to‧ry [ˈtertri ǁ -tɔːri] noun territories PLURALFORM
1. [countable, uncountable] MARKETING an area which is the responsibility of a particular salesperson:

• His sales force's territory comprises Minnesota, the Dakotas, Iowa and Wisconsin.

2. [countable, uncountable] land that is owned or controlled by a particular government, ruler, or military force:

• The parliament has jurisdiction over minerals mined on its territory.

• Until 1997 Hong Kong was a British territory.

3. [uncountable] an area of experience or knowledge:

• Statistical analysis is not the exclusive territory of a handful of specialists.

• The very competitive market is pushing firms into unfamiliar territory.

4. negative/​positive/​record etc territory FINANCE a situation in which financial investments fall or rise in value, or in which shares etc are higher in value or price than ever before:

• On the world's major exchanges, stocks ended in negative territory.

• A late spurt of buying pulled the Dow Jones into positive territory.

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territory UK US /ˈterɪtəri/ noun (plural territories)
[C or U] an area of a town, country, etc. that someone has responsibility for in their job: »

A salesman's failure to achieve apparently realistic targets might be due to a change in the size of his territory.

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Europe has been very fertile territory for our products.

[C or U] land that belongs to a particular country: »

The island is a territory of Australia.

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The four new oil contracts will amount to a half billion dollars worth of foreign investment in their territory.

[C or U] an area of knowledge or activity: »

This is a territory that lies somewhere between mainstream sport and video games.

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Online selling was new territory for us.

[U] FINANCE the general level of a price, amount, value, etc.: »

Crude oil prices are approaching unchartered territory.

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Persistent production problems helped drive oil prices further into record territory yesterday.

sth comes/goes with the territory — Cf. sth goes with the territory
See also NEGATIVE TERRITORY(Cf. ↑negative territory), POSITIVE TERRITORY(Cf. ↑positive territory)

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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  • territory — ter·ri·to·ry / ter ə ˌtōr ē/ n pl ries 1: a geographical area belonging to or under the jurisdiction of a governmental authority 2: a political subdivision of a country 3: a part of the U.S. (as Guam or the U.S. Virgin Islands) not included… …   Law dictionary

  • Territory — Ter ri*to*ry, n.; pl. {Territories}. [L. territorium, from terra the earth: cf. F. territoire. See {Terrace}.] 1. A large extent or tract of land; a region; a country; a district. [1913 Webster] He looked, and saw wide territory spread Before him …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • territory — [ter′ə tôr΄ē] n. pl. territories [ME < L territorium < terra,TERRA] 1. the land and waters under the jurisdiction of a nation, state, ruler, etc. 2. a part of a country or empire that does not have the full status of a principal division;… …   English World dictionary

  • Territory — (engl., d.i. Gebiet), die officielle Bezeichnung eines innerhalb der Grenzen der Vereinigten Staaten von Nordamerika gelegenen, durch Congreßacte abgegrenzten Landesgebietes, welches nochnicht die zur Bildung eines eigenen Staates erforderliche… …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • territory — ► NOUN (pl. territories) 1) an area under the jurisdiction of a ruler or state. 2) (Territory) an organized division of a country not having the full rights of a state. 3) an area defended by an animal against others of the same sex or species.… …   English terms dictionary

  • territory — (n.) early 15c., land under the jurisdiction of a town, state, etc., probably from L. territorium land around a town, domain, district, from terra earth, land (see TERRAIN (Cf. terrain)) + orium, suffix denoting place (see ORY (Cf. ory)). An… …   Etymology dictionary

  • territory — *domain, province, *field, sphere, bailiwick Analogous words: region, tract, *area, zone, belt: limits, confines, bounds (see singular nouns at LIMIT) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • territory — [n] domain, region area, belt, block, boundary, colony, commonwealth, country, district, dominion, empire, enclave, exclave, expanse, extent, field, land, mandate, nation, neck of the woods*, neighborhood, province, quarter, section, sector,… …   New thesaurus

  • territory —    by Kylie Message   In A Thousand Plateaus, Deleuze and Guattari privilege ideas of spatiality (evidenced by the privileged term of plateau ) and the geographies and cartographies of movement, presenting these as an informal antidote to history …   The Deleuze dictionary

  • territory —    by Kylie Message   In A Thousand Plateaus, Deleuze and Guattari privilege ideas of spatiality (evidenced by the privileged term of plateau ) and the geographies and cartographies of movement, presenting these as an informal antidote to history …   The Deleuze dictionary

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