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Meaning of “city” in the English Dictionary

"city" in British English

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citynoun [C]

uk   /ˈsɪt.i/  us   /ˈsɪt̬.i/
  • city noun [C] (TOWN)

A1 a ​largetown: Many of the world's cities have ​populations of more than five million. Wellington is the capital city (= ​centre of ​government) of New Zealand. any ​town in the UK that has a cathedral (= ​large, ​importantchurch): The city of Ely has about 15,000 ​inhabitants. mainly US (UK usually city council) the ​government of a city: It's the city's ​responsibility to ​maintain the ​pavements. My ​fatherworks for the city.

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  • city noun [C] (FINANCIAL CENTRE)

the City [S] UK

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the ​businesscentre of London where the ​largefinancialorganizations are, such as the Bank of ​England: He ​works in the City. a City ​analyst the ​financialorganizations as a ​group and the ​people who ​work for them: The City ​actedswiftly to the ​news of a ​fall in the ​value of ​sterling.
(Definition of city from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"city" in American English

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citynoun [C]

 us   /ˈsɪt̬·i/
a ​place where many ​peoplelive, with many ​houses, ​stores, ​businesses, etc., and which is ​bigger than a ​town: Canadians have ​builtbig, ​pleasant, and ​livable cities. When ​theirteamwon the ​WorldSeries, the ​whole city ​celebrated. Wellington is the ​capital city of New Zealand.
(Definition of city from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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