- independent in‧de‧pen‧dent [ˌɪndˈpendənt◂] adjectivenot owned, controlled, or financed by another organization or the government:
• There are plans to split the company into a number of smaller independent companies.
* * *Ⅰ.independent UK US /ˌɪndɪˈpendənt/ adjective► not influenced or controlled by the government or another organization: independent of sth/sb »
The commission must remain independent of political control.completely/fully/totally independent »
The charity is completely independent of government.»
The agency is an independent body which monitors standards in the industry.»
an independent adviser/auditor/expert»
independent report/study/research► POLITICS not governed or ruled by another country: »
an independent nation/state/countryindependent from sth/sb »
Mexico became independent from Spain in 1821.► COMMERCE not part of a larger group of companies: »
The association represents independent retailers.»
an independent business/firm/store»
The band signed with an independent label.»
a leading independent producer of television programmes► privately financed and not receiving money from the government: »
pupils from state and independent schools► not taking help or money from other people: »
financially/economically independent► not involved in a situation so able to judge it fairly: »
It's important to seek independent advice.Ⅱ.independent UK US /ˌɪndɪˈpendənt/ noun [C]► COMMERCE a business that does not belong to a larger company or group: »
The industry ranges from large retailers to small independents.
Financial and business terms. 2012.