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 (tə-rä′wə, tăr′ə-wä′, tä′rä-)
The capital of Kiribati, on an atoll in the western Pacific Ocean. It was occupied by the Japanese in 1942 and retaken by US Marines after a hard-fought battle in November 1943.
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(Placename) an atoll in Kiribati, occupying a chain of islets surrounding a lagoon in the W central Pacific: the capital of Kiribati, Bairiki, is on this atoll. Pop: 45 989 (2005)
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(təˈrɑ wə, ˈtær əˌwɑ)

one of the Gilbert Islands, in the central Pacific; capital of Kiribati. 24,598; 14 sq. mi. (36 sq. km).
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Noun1.Tarawa - national capital of Kiribati
Kiribati, Republic of Kiribati - an island republic in the west central Pacific just to the south of the equator
2.Tarawa - battles in World War II in the Pacific (November 1943)Tarawa - battles in World War II in the Pacific (November 1943); United States Marines took the islands from the Japanese after bitter fighting
Second World War, World War 2, World War II - a war between the Allies (Australia, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Czechoslovakia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Ethiopia, France, Greece, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, India, Iran, Iraq, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Panama, Philippines, Poland, South Africa, United Kingdom, United States, USSR, Yugoslavia) and the Axis (Albania, Bulgaria, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Rumania, Slovakia, Thailand) from 1939 to 1945
Gilbert Islands - a group of islands in Micronesia to the southwest of Hawaii; formerly part of the British colony of Gilbert and Ellice Islands until it became part of the Republic of Kiribati in 1979
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TARAWA, KIRIBATI - The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a $13 million grant to help provide people in the Kiribati island of South Tarawa with better access to a safe, reliable, and climate-resilient water supply.
I WILL TELL YOU in my own words what I saw in taking the island of Betio, one of the Tarawa islands, situated in the Gilberts.
Like the Oklahoma case, the Battle of Tarawa case involves a single loss incident.
He died on November 20, 1943 during the Battle of Tarawa in the Pacific during WWII.
Faster and more affordable internet will improve peoples' access to economic and social development opportunities." ADB is providing a $21.6 million grant for Kiribati and a $15 million grant for Nauru to help fund the delivery of internet services in Tarawa and Kiritimati Island in Kiribati and Nauru through the installation of submarine cables.
We Were Going to Win, or Die There: With the Marines at Guadalcanal, Tarawa, and Saipan.
Summary: South Tarawa [Kirbati], Jan 28 (ANI): Seven survivors, including an unconscious baby, aboard a dinghy have been found by rescuers while searching for a ferry carrying 50 people that went missing in the waters off Kiribati.
The 60ft wooden catamaran was expected to reach South Tarawa, the capital of Kiribati, from Nonouti Island, 150 miles away, in two days.
On D-Day at Tarawa his platoon waded their 37 mm cannons ashore, each weighing nearly 1,000 pounds, through half a mile of bullet-laced surf to get to an island where the killing never stopped.
"This project would contribute approximately 40 per cent towards the Tuvalu Electricity Corporation peak demand which could save more than 200,000 litres of diesel fuel per annum, about eight per cent of the annual fuel consumption of the Fogafale Power Station." Development of the 500 kW solar and water protection project on Tarawa, Kiribati, was started in December 2014, and completed in August this year.
On Tarawa, the main atoll in Kiribati, mangroves help to protect against the rising sea levels caused by climate change.