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Examples of words with the root metro-: metronome
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met·ro 1

n. pl. met·ros
A subway system.

[French métro, short for (chemin de fer) métropolitain, metropolitan (railway), from Late Latin mētropolītānus; see metropolitan.]

met·ro 2

 (mĕt′rō) Informal
Metropolitan: metro Los Angeles.
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(ˈmɛtrəʊ) or


n, pl -ros
(Railways) an underground, or largely underground, railway system in certain cities, esp in Europe, such as that in Paris
[C20: from French, short for chemin de fer métropolitain metropolitan railway]
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(ˈmɛ troʊ)

n., pl. -ros. (often cap.)
the underground electric railway of certain cities, as Washington and Paris.
[1900–05; < French, short for chemin de fer métropolitain metropolitan railroad]


(ˈmɛ troʊ)

adj., n., pl. -ros. Informal. adj. n.
3. (often cap.) Chiefly Canadian. the government or jurisdiction of a large city.
[1900–05; by shortening; or independent use of metro-3]


a combining form meaning “measure”: metronome.
[comb. form representing Greek métron measure]


a combining form meaning “uterus”: metrorrhagia.
[comb. form representing Greek mḗtra womb]


a combining form representing metropolis or metropolitan: metroflight; metroland; Metroliner.
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1. 'subway'

A subway is a path for pedestrians under a busy road.

You feel worried if you walk through a subway.

In some American cities, the subway is a railway system in which electric trains travel below the ground in tunnels. In other cities this is called the metro.

I don't ride the subway at night.
You can take the metro to the Smithsonian museums.
2. 'underground'

Some speakers of British English also use subway to refer to a British railway system like this, but the London and Glasgow systems are usually called the underground. The London system is also called the tube.

He crossed London by underground.
You can take the tube to Green Park and then walk.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.metro - an electric railway operating below the surface of the ground (usually in a city)metro - an electric railway operating below the surface of the ground (usually in a city); "in Paris the subway system is called the `metro' and in London it is called the `tube' or the `underground'"
railroad, railroad line, railway, railway line, railway system - line that is the commercial organization responsible for operating a system of transportation for trains that pull passengers or freight
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noun underground, tube, subway A bus and metro pass costs about £10.
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[ˈmetrəʊ] Nmetro m
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Metro [ˈmɛtrəʊ] n
the metro → le métro
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The Dubai Metro, which extends 75 km, has an array of features that give it a unique standing worldwide.
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For years, the metro has been a vital means of transportation for Cairenes and the government.
This was stated by Director Engineering Metro Bus Project Shahid Najam here on Monday.
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Under the terms of the merger agreement, which has been approved by the board of directors of each company, shareholders of Metro will be entitled to receive 2.373 shares of FNB common stock for each common share of Metro.
He said that metro bus project is an excellent gift of people- friendly government for the citizens of twin cities.
On the office side, Montefiore Medical Center will expand its existing presence at Hutchinson Metro Center with a new 16,000 s/f office lease at Metro Center Atrium, and the Law Offices of Joseph A.
Experts decided on the new design after considering submissions from the three consortiums working on the metro project, the Arriyadh Development Authority tweeted Monday.
Given these substantial differences between high-growth and low-growth metro areas, it might be surprising that unemployment rates do not diverge across metro areas more than they do.