Definition of “urban” - English Dictionary

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“urban” in British English

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urbanadjective [ before noun ]

uk /ˈɜː.bən/ us /ˈɝː.bən/

B2 of or in a city or town:

urban decay
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  • the urban sprawl of South Florida
  • The council is committed to a programme of urban regeneration.
  • Pollution has reached disturbingly high levels in some urban areas.
  • The speaker gave an interesting presentation on urban transport.
  • The speed limit is strictly enforced on urban roads.

(Definition of “urban” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“urban” in American English

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urbanadjective

us /ˈɜr·bən/

of or in a city or town:

Many Americans were leaving the farm for the promise of urban life.
Over 82% of Texans live in urban areas.

(Definition of “urban” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

“urban” in Business English

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urbanadjective

uk /ˈɜːbən/ us

relating to towns and cities:

urban decay/development/planning
The high-speed train link is responsible for one of the biggest urban regeneration projects in the area.
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(Definition of “urban” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)