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    near east - Dictionary definition and meaning for word near east

    Definition
    (noun) the area around the eastern Mediterranean; from Turkey to northern Africa and eastward to Iran; the site of such ancient civilizations as Phoenicia and Babylon and Egypt and the birthplace of Judaism and Christianity and Islam; had continuous economic and political turmoil in the 20th century
    Synonyms : middle east , mideast
    Example Sentence
    • the Middle East is the cradle of Western civilization
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