"empires" in the noun sense
1. empire, imperium
the domain ruled by an emperor or empress the region over which imperial dominion is exercised
a group of countries under a single authority
"the British created a great empire"
a monarchy with an emperor as head of state
4. conglomerate, empire
a group of diverse companies under common ownership and run as a single organization
an eating apple that somewhat resembles a McIntosh used as both an eating and a cooking apple
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