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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 central part of a city where people live and where there are often problems because people are poor and there are few jobs and bad houses: a child from the inner city

inner-cityadjective [before noun]

in the central part of a city where people live and where there are often problems because people are poor and there are few jobs and bad houses, 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, central part of a city where there are poor people and bad housing: There are more problems in large, inner-city school districts.
inner city
noun [C] us   /ˈɪn·ər ˈsit̬·i/
The program gives kids from the inner city 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 central part 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 economic development 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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