Definition of city in English:


Syllabification: cit·y
Pronunciation: /ˈsidē

noun (plural cities)

1A large town: one of Italy’s most beautiful cities [as modifier]: the city council
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  • So can we have some sensible ideas for developing our city centre and outlying towns.
  • The city centre is a beautiful mixture of old and new, all of it tinted in a reddish pink.
  • Is it any wonder that our town and city centres are blighted with multitudes of empty shops?
1.1North American An incorporated municipal center.
2 [with modifier] informal A place or situation characterized by a specified attribute: panic city
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  • Anyway this girl on Saturday was on her way to hot date city.
  • When we came out of the restaurant it was flashbulb city and you can't see a thing.
3 (the City) The financial and commercial district of London, England.
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  • Whenever a house in W11 comes up for sale, it is paid for by millions made on Wall Street or in the City.
  • He works for a bank in the City and set the website up a month ago.
  • Rose, who is originally from London, used to work in the heart of the City.


Middle English: from Old French cite, from Latin civitas, from civis 'citizen'. Originally denoting a town, and often used as a Latin equivalent to Old English burh 'borough', the term was later applied to foreign and ancient cities and to the more important English boroughs.



adjective& adverb
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  • Still she kept her face cityward and avoided eye contact with the gatekeepers.
  • Fertility rates will continue to decline in most cities, as will the pace of cityward migration.
  • In contrast to the views from the Nature Trail which face south and cityward, these are mostly east over wilderness.


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  • Peasants had thronged citywards from the provinces to make their money in Shanghai.
  • Of recent years the migration citywards has been increasing steadily, the majority being in the younger brackets from 18 years to 25 years.
  • He therefore early felt the call citywards and fourteen years ago made his way to Harrisonburg, with no definite objective in mind.


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  • Officials see a citywide wireless network as a potential revenue source, a way to bridge the digital divide and a means of attracting tourists.
  • Businesses might also pay a little extra to have a secure portion of the citywide network for their own use, he said.
  • The problem is that local banks are now busy establishing their own network, without time to consider a complete citywide ATM network.

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