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noun town pronunciation in British English /taʊn/
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  1. 1
    [countable] a place where people live and work that is larger than a village but smaller than a city
    a small town
    an industrial town in China
    Mountains overlook the town on three sides.
    a town on the River Thames
    town of: the northern Belgian town of Onkerzele
  2. 2
    [uncountable] the place that you live in, or the place that you are talking about
    He moved to another part of town.
    the outskirts/edge of town: a large industrial development on the edge of town
    be in town: The crew was in town last week filming a new television series.
    be out of town: I’ll be out of town next week.
    from out of town: His girlfriend flew in from out of town.
    1. a.
      the centre of a town where all the shops are
      We’re going into town this afternoon.
      the centre of town: The hotel is conveniently situated near the centre of town.
  3. 3
    [singular] the people who live in a town
    Most of the town was involved with the carnival.
    1. a.
      the local government of a town
      The park is owned and maintained by the town.
  4. 4
    [uncountable] life in a town compared with life in the countryside
    I definitely prefer town to country.



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