town - definition and synonyms


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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