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noun [countable] city pronunciation in British English /ˈsɪti/
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  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 very 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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