Meaning of “downtown” in the English Dictionary

"downtown" in British English

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downtownadjective [ before noun ], adverb

uk /ˌdaʊnˈtaʊn/ us /ˌdaʊnˈtaʊn/ US UK central, centrally

A2 in or to the central part of a city:

downtown Los Angeles
a downtown address
I work downtown, but I live in the suburbs.

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  • The regeneration of the city's downtown dock front will put it on a par with Nice or Cannes.
  • He works in an office tower in downtown San Francisco.
  • Vandals smashed windows and overturned cars in the downtown shopping district.
  • I've got a meeting downtown in 20 minutes so I'll have lunch on the hoof.
  • We bought a tourist guide to downtown Seattle before we left.

(Definition of “downtown” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"downtown" in American English

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downtownadjective, adverb [ not gradable ]

us /ˈdɑʊnˈtɑʊn/

in or to the business or central part of a city:

downtown Los Angeles
downtown
noun [ U ] us /ˈdɑʊnˈtɑʊn/

The hotel is situated two miles north of downtown.

(Definition of “downtown” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"downtown" in Business English

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downtownadjective [ before noun ], adverb

uk /ˌdaʊnˈtaʊn/ us

in or to the central part of a city:

downtown Los Angeles
a downtown address
Downtown business interests say that restoration would be too costly.
I work downtown, but I live in the suburbs.
downtown

The hotel is situated two miles north of downtown.
The bustling downtowns are surrounded by upscale shopping centers and malls.

(Definition of “downtown” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)