From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishcitycit‧y /ˈsɪti/ ●●●S1W1 noun (plural cities) [countable] 🔊 🔊 1TOWNa large importanttown 🔊 The nearest big city was St. Louis. →inner city2a)British English a large town that has been given an officialtitle by a king or queen 🔊 the city of Oxfordb)American English a town of any size that has definiteborders and powers that were officially given by the stategovernment 🔊 The city of Cleveland celebrated its 200th birthday with fireworks and an outdoor concert.3PERSON/PEOPLE[usually singular] the people who live in a city 🔊 The city has been living in fear since last week’s earthquake.4 →the cityCOLLOCATIONSadjectivesa big/large/major cityThey have stores in Houston, Dallas, and other big cities.a great city (=very important and interesting)Cairo is one of the world's great cities.a capital city (=where the government of a country or state is)Cuba's capital city is Havana.somebody's home/native city (=where they were born or grew up)He said that he never wanted to leave his home city.a cosmopolitan city (=full of people from different parts of the world)San Francisco is a very cosmopolitan city. an industrial citySheffield is an industrial city in the north of England.a provincial city (=in a part of the country that is not near the capital)There have been protests in the capital and in provincial cities.an ancient citythe ancient city of Jerusalema historic city (=very old and with an interesting history)Budapest is a beautiful and historic city.a cathedral city (=with a cathedral)He went to university in the cathedral city of Durham.a university city (=with a university)Uppsala is a university city.a walled city (=surrounded by a wall)the old walled city of Algheroa twin city British English (=one that has a special relationship with a similar town in another country)Strasbourg is Leicester's twin city in France.city + NOUNthe city centre British English, the city center American EnglishThe hotel is in the city centre.the city limits American English (=the furthest parts of the city)rural areas south of the city limitscity lifethe advantages of city lifea city dweller (=someone who lives in a city)In the summer, city dwellers escape to the sea.a city streetTraffic was moving slowly along the city streets.phrasesin the heart of a cityThe cathedral is right in the heart of the city.the outskirts of a city (=the edge)There were several bombings on the outskirts of the city.verbsfound a city (=start developing a new city)He founded the city of Baghdad in the 8th century.THESAURUSplace with houses, shops, and officescity a large area with houses, shops, offices etc that is often the centre of government for an area. A city is bigger than a townThe nearest big city is San Francisco.town a large area with houses, shops, offices etc. A town is smaller than a cityLa Coruña is a pretty seaside town. capital (also capital city) the city where the government of a country or state isWe travelled to Budapest, the capital of Hungary.metropolis a big busy city that is full of people and activityAfter 1850 Paris grew quickly into a busy metropolis.urban adjective [only before noun]relating to towns and citiesAir pollution is particularly bad in urban areas.urban developmentoutside part of citythe outskirts the area around the edge of a city or just outside itDisneyland is on the outskirts of Paris.suburb an area around the edges of a city, where many people liveHe lives in a suburb of London. | the suburbsMore and more people are moving to the suburbs.