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English definition of “inner-city”

inner-city

adjective [not gradable]  /ˈɪn·ər ˌsit̬·i/
found in or involving the older, central part of a city where there are poor people and bad housing: There are more problems in large, inner-city school districts. inner city  /ˈɪn·ər ˈsit̬·i/ noun [C] The program gives kids from the inner city a taste of the wilderness.
(Definition of inner-city adjective from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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