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noun [countable] city pronunciation in American English /ˈsɪti/ 
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singularcity
pluralcities
  1. 1
    a large important town

    a thriving industrial city on the Tasmanian coast

    major city (=a large important city):

    New and better hotels are springing up in most of Russia's major cities.

    1. a.
      [usually singular] the political, legal, and administrative institutions of a city

      The city has agreed to pay damages to those involved.

      city employees/officials

      city hospital/court/legislature

    2. b.
      the people who live in a city

      a city that is optimistic about the future

  2. 2
    informal used after some nouns and adjectives to describe a place that has a lot of a particular quality

    "What was the party like?" "Dull city."

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