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Meaning of “inner city” in the English Dictionary

"inner city" in British English

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inner citynoun [C]

uk   us  
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)
Translations of “inner city”
in Chinese (Simplified) 市中心贫民区…
in Turkish şehir merkezine yakın yoksul mahalle…
in Russian старая, центральная часть города…
in Chinese (Traditional) 市中心貧民區…
in Polish śródmieście…
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