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town

noun [C/U]    /tɑʊn/
a place where there are a lot of houses, stores, and other buildings which is smaller than a city: [C] He was born in the small town of Elnora, Indiana. [U] We stayed at the best hotel in town. Town can also mean the place where you live or work: [U] Barbara is out of town this week. Town is also the part of a town where the main stores are: [U] I’m going into/to town to do some shopping. Town can also refer to the people who live in the town: [C] The whole town is hoping our team will win.
(Definition of town noun from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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