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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 best hotel 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 main stores 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 our team will win.
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townnoun

uk   /taʊn/ us   /taʊn/
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/coastal town a fishing/mining/industrial 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] 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 important city or town in a country or area: We went up to town to see a play. Many people commute 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 their team will win the final tomorrow.
UK a town or city, rather than the countryside: I've always lived in the town.

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