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1. A very large city.
2. A region made up of several large cities and their surrounding areas in sufficient proximity to be considered a single urban complex.

[megalo- + Greek polis, city; see pelə- in Indo-European roots.]

meg′a·lop·o·lis′tic adj.
meg′a·lo·pol′i·tan (-lō-pŏl′ĭ-tən) adj.
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(Human Geography) an urban complex, usually comprising several large towns
[C20: megalo- + Greek polis city]
megalopolitan adj, n
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(ˌmɛg əˈlɒp ə lɪs)

1. a very large city.
2. an urban region, esp. of large adjoining cities and suburbs.
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a densely populated area of continuous extent containing many cities and towns that are separate administrative units.
See also: Cities
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Noun1.megalopolis - a very large urban complex (usually involving several cities and towns)megalopolis - a very large urban complex (usually involving several cities and towns)
populated area, urban area - a geographical area constituting a city or town
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[ˌmegəˈlɒpəlɪs] Nmegalópolis f inv
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Some one having asked Cercidas, the Megalopolitan, if he were willing to die: 'Why not?' he replied; 'for after my death I shall see those great men, Pythagoras among the philosophers, Hecataeus among historians, Homer among poets, Olympus among musicians.'"
The studios still belonged to MGM in 1964 when it produced the film version of The Loved One, and some of the scenes (including exteriors) set in the Megalopolitan Pictures studio may well have been filmed here, perhaps making it possible to match film settings with existing buildings.
In The Loved One, Sir Ambrose and Sir Francis--English emigrants to Los Angeles, like Dennis Barlow, who work in the film industry--discuss the attempts of "Megalopolitan Pictures" (once presided over by a studio executive named Leo, possibly a nod to MGM's mascot Leo the lion) to transform one of its starlets, a dark Spanish flamenco singer named Juanita del Pablo, into an Irish colleen named Kathleen FitzBourke.
A few years later, in "Megalopolitan Maniac," Miller further laments how war and progress have destroyed what he sees as the past's spiritual and psychological equilibrium:
Ibsen woman, the comrade, the heroine of a whole megalopolitan