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town

noun uk   /taʊn/ us  
A1 [C or U] a place where people live and work, containing many houses, shops, places of work, places of entertainment, etc., and usually larger than a village but smaller than a city: a seaside/industrial town a fishing/mining town He was born in the small town of Castleford, in Yorkshire. We stayed in the best hotel in town. the main road into/out of town A2 [S or U] the part of a town where the main shops are: I'm going into/to town at lunchtime to do some shopping. I met Charles while I was in town. [U] the most important city or town in a country or area: We went up to town to see a play. Many people go into town (= New York) from New Jersey on weekends.B1 [U] mainly US the place where you live or work: I'm leaving town for a few days. Barbara is out of town on business this week.the town [S] a town or city, rather than the countryside: I've always lived in the town. [+ sing/pl verb] the people who live in the town: The whole town is/are hoping that their team will win the final tomorrow.
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