Definition of downtown in English:

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chiefly North American


Pronunciation: /ˈdaʊntaʊn/
In or relating to the central part or main business and commercial area of a town or city: downtown Chicago a downtown bar
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  • Among them are a regular foot patrol in the city's downtown business area.
  • For the city's coolest district, head for Deep Ellum, to the east of the main downtown area.
  • The track runs alongside one of the main canals through the downtown area.


Pronunciation: /daʊnˈtaʊn/
In or into a downtown area: I drove downtown
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  • As we drove downtown I could only wonder what Lycos could possibly be planning to do with the kids.
  • Pickard also feels that the act addresses fears that many women face when traveling alone in certain areas downtown.
  • The only thing they did to help was to e-mail me a list of alternate hotels downtown and in outlying areas.


Pronunciation: /ˈdaʊntaʊn/
The downtown area of a town or city: the heart of Pittsburgh’s downtown
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  • Historically, the areas surrounding North American downtowns have been populated by recent immigrants, producing neighbourhoods such as Little Italy and Chinatown.
  • Then he argues that this means attracting bohemian types who like funky, socially free areas with cool downtowns and lots of density.
  • In these areas, the historic downtowns often were only marginally important.



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  • Ridiculed by downtowners, Scarborough is much larger than most people realize, filling almost a third of the megacity map and home to 24 per cent of its population.
  • Second, downtowners will be able to take advantage of a free bike-borrowing service (as long as they provide proper ID and proof of employment).
  • Every time we pass by the Angelika, that once great bastion of independent film for downtowners, we look to see what's showing.

Words that rhyme with downtown

brown, Browne, clown, crown, down, drown, frown, gown, low-down, noun, renown, run-down, town, upside-down, uptown

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