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"inner city" in British English

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inner citynoun [C]

uk   /ˌɪn.ə ˈsɪt.i/  us   /ˌɪn.ɚ ˈsɪt̬.i/
the ​centralpart of a ​city where ​peoplelive and where there are often ​problems because ​people are ​poor and there are few ​jobs and ​badhouses: a ​child from the ​innercity

inner-cityadjective [before noun]

in the ​centralpart of a ​city where ​peoplelive and where there are often ​problems because ​people are ​poor and there are few ​jobs and ​badhouses, or ​relating to ​areas like this: Many inner-city ​areas have ​struggled with ​decline and ​decay. She ​teaches at an inner-city ​school.
(Definition of inner city from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"inner-city" in American English

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inner-cityadjective [not gradable]

 us   /ˈɪn·ər ˌsit̬·i/
found in or ​involving the ​older, ​centralpart of a ​city where there are ​poorpeople and ​badhousing: There are more ​problems in ​large, inner-city ​schooldistricts.
inner city
noun [C]  us   /ˈɪn·ər ˈsit̬·i/
The ​program gives ​kids from the ​innercity a ​taste of the ​wilderness.
(Definition of inner-city from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"inner city" in Business English

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inner citynoun [C]

uk   us  
the ​centralpart of a city where there are often problems because the ​people who ​live there are ​poor and the ​conditions they ​live in are ​bad: At the ​top of his ​agenda is ​economicdevelopment in the nation's inner cities. The ​plan will ​transform a ​depressed inner city ​area into a ​community with a new sense of ​optimism. inner-city ​communities/​neighbourhoods/schools inner-city ​regeneration/revitalization
(Definition of inner city from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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