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"precinct" in British English

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precinctnoun

uk   us   /ˈpriː.sɪŋkt/

precinct noun (SHOPPING AREA)

[C] UK a ​part of a ​city or a ​town in which ​vehicles are not ​allowed, used for a ​specialpurpose, such as ​shopping: a ​shopping precinct a ​pedestrian precinct

precinct noun (AREA AROUND BUILDING)

precincts [plural] (also precinct [C]) mainly UK formal the ​area that ​surrounds a ​building or ​place, ​especially one with a ​wall around it: A ​tunnelentrance was ​found within the precincts of the ​prisoncamp.

precinct noun (PART OF CITY)

[C] US a ​division of a ​city or a ​town, ​especially an ​areaprotected by a ​particularunit of the ​police or a ​division used for ​votingpurposes: The ​voterturnout in most precincts is ​expected to be high.
(Definition of precinct from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"precinct" in American English

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precinctnoun [C]

 us   /ˈpri·sɪŋkt/
a ​division of a ​city or ​town, esp. an ​areaprotected by one ​policestation, or a ​division used for ​elections The precincts of a ​place are the ​areas that ​surround it, esp. when ​enclosed: the ​private precincts of the ​university
(Definition of precinct from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"precinct" in Business English

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precinctnoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈpriːsɪŋkt/
UK an ​area of a town or city where there are a lot of ​shops, and where ​traffic is not ​allowed: a shopping/pedestrian precinct
US POLITICS a ​division of a city or a town, especially an ​areaprotected by a particular ​group of ​police or a ​division used for ​votingpurposes: The ​voterturnout in the precinct was ​low compared to the rest of the county. a precinct captain/commander precinct ​caucuses/​voters
(Definition of precinct from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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