nation-building meaning, nation-building definition | English Cobuild dictionary

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Journalists sometimes use nation-building to refer to government policies that are designed to create a strong sense of national identity.     (JOURNALISM)      n-uncount   oft N n  
...calling for reconciliation and nation building after the bitter election campaign..., This revolutionary expansion required energetic nation-building policies.     
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