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city

noun [C] uk   /ˈsɪt.i/  us   /ˈsɪt̬.i/

city noun [C] (TOWN)

A1 a large town: Many of the world's cities have populations of more than five million. Wellington is the capital city (= centre of government) of New Zealand. any town in the UK that has a cathedral (= large, important church): The city of Ely has about 15,000 inhabitants. mainly US (UK usually city council) the government of a city: It's the city's responsibility to maintain the pavements. My father works for the city.
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city noun [C] (FINANCIAL CENTRE)

the City [S] UK
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the business centre of London where the large financial organizations are, such as the Bank of England: He works in the City. a City analyst the financial organizations as a group and the people who work for them: The City acted swiftly to the news of a fall in the value of sterling.
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