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n. pl. cit·ies
1. A center of population, commerce, and culture; a town of significant size and importance.
a. An incorporated municipality in the United States with definite boundaries and legal powers set forth in a charter granted by the state.
b. A Canadian municipality of high rank, usually determined by population but varying by province.
c. A large incorporated town in Great Britain, usually the seat of a bishop, with its title conferred by the Crown.
3. The inhabitants of a city considered as a group.
4. An ancient Greek city-state.
5. Slang Used in combination as an intensive: The playing field was mud city after the big rain.
6. City The financial and commercial center of London. Used with the.
[Middle English cite, from Old French, from Latin cīvitās, from cīvis, citizen; see kei- in Indo-European roots.]
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urban attitudes and actions.
a densely populated urban area, usually a large city surrounded closely by smaller ones.
a city inhabited by people of many different nations; a city of international importance. — cosmopolite, n. — cosmopolitan, n., adj.
a densely populated area of continuous extent containing many cities and towns that are separate administrative units.
the state or quality of being a megalopolis or like a megalopolis; the phenomenon of the formation of a megalopolis. — megalopolitan, adj.
the development and growth of slums or substandard dwelling conditions in urban areas.
the views of those who prefer to live in suburbs. — suburbanist, n., adj.
a joining together of several towns to form a single community, as in ancient Greece. — synoecy, n. — synoecious, adj.
the views of those who prefer to live in cities. — urbanist, n., adj.
the study of urban affairs and problems. — urbanologist, n.
the study of and concern with the special practices and problems of city life.
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