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townnoun [C/U]

 us   /tɑʊn/
a ​place where there are a lot of ​houses, ​stores, and other ​buildings which is ​smaller than a ​city: [C] He was ​born in the ​small town of Elnora, Indiana. [U] We ​stayed at the ​besthotel in town. Town can also ​mean the ​place where you ​live or ​work: [U] Barbara is out of town this ​week. Town is also the ​part of a town where the ​mainstores are: [U] I’m going into/to town to do some ​shopping. Town can also refer to the ​people who ​live in the town: [C] The ​whole town is hoping ​ourteam will ​win.
(Definition of town from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







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townnoun

uk   us   /taʊn/
A1 [C or U] a ​place where ​peoplelive 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/​coastal town a fishing/​mining/​industrial town He was ​born in the ​small town of Castleford, in Yorkshire. We ​stayed in the ​besthotel in town. the ​mainroad into/out of town A2 [S or U] mainly UK the ​part of a town where most of the ​businesses are: I'm going into/to town at ​lunchtime to do some ​shopping. I ​met Charles while I was in town.
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[U] UK the most ​importantcity or town in a ​country or ​area: We went up to town to ​see a ​play. Many ​peoplecommute into town (= London) from Essex.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] [+ sing/pl verb] the ​people who ​live in the town: The whole town is/are ​hoping that ​theirteam will ​win the ​finaltomorrow. UK a town or ​city, ​rather than the ​countryside: I've always ​lived in the town.

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(Definition of town from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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