town

town
town
W1S1 [taun] n
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1¦(place)¦
2¦(main centre)¦
3¦(people)¦
4¦(where you live)¦
5¦(village)¦
6¦(not country)¦
7 go to town (on something)
8 (out) on the town
9 town and gown
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[: Old English; Origin: tun 'yard, buildings inside a wall, village, town']
1.) ¦(PLACE)¦
a large area with houses, shops, offices etc where people live and work, that is smaller than a city and larger than a village
an industrial town in the Midlands
town of
the town of Norwalk, Connecticut
I walked to the nearest town.
He was buried in his home town (=the town where he was born) .
2.) ¦(MAIN CENTRE)¦[U]
the business or shopping centre of a town
We're going into town tonight to see a film.
They have a small apartment in town.
3.) ¦(PEOPLE)¦ [singular]
all the people who live in a particular town
The whole town turned out to watch the procession.
4.) ¦(WHERE YOU LIVE)¦[U]
the town or city where you live
Cam left town about an hour ago, so he should be out at the farm by now.
I'll be out of town for about a week.
Guess who's in town ? Jodie's sister!
Do you know of a good place to eat? I'm from out of town (=from a different town) .
We're moving to another part of town.
5.) ¦(VILLAGE)¦ AmE
several houses forming a small group around a church, shops etc
British Equivalent: village
Rowayton is a small town of around 4000 people.
6.) ¦(NOT COUNTRY)¦
the town
life in towns and cities in general
Which do you prefer, the town or the country?
7.) go to town (on sth) informal to do something in a very eager or thorough way
Angela really went to town on buying things for her new house.
8.) (out) on the town informal
going to restaurants, bars, theatres etc for entertainment in the evening
Frank is taking me out for a night on the town .
9.) town and gown
used to describe the situation in which the people living in a town and the students in a town seem to be separate and opposing groups
paint the town (red) atpaint2 (5)

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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