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English definition of “town”

town

noun     /taʊn/
A1 [C or U] a place where people live and work , containing many houses , shops , places of work , places of entertainment , etc., and usually larger than a village but smaller than a city : a seaside / industrial town a fishing / mining town He was born in the small town of Castleford, in Yorkshire . We stayed in the best hotel in town. the main road into/out of town → See also downtown, hometown, uptownTowns, cities and villages (general) A2 [S or U] the part of a town where the main shops are: I'm going into/to town at lunchtime to do some shopping . I met Charles while I was in town.Areas in towns and cities [U] the most important city or town in a country or area : We went up to town to see a play . Many people go into town (= New York) from New Jersey on weekends .Towns, cities and villages (general) B1 [U] mainly US the place where you live or work : I'm leaving town for a few days . Barbara is out of town on business this week .Towns, cities and villages (general) the town [S] a town or city , rather than the countryside : I've always lived in the town.Towns, cities and villages (general) [+ sing/pl verb] the people who live in the town: The whole town is/are hoping that their team will win the final tomorrow .People who live or settle somewhere
(Definition of town noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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