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urban sprawl

noun

: a situation in which large stores, groups of houses, etc., are built in an area around a city that formerly had few people living in it

Full Definition of URBAN SPRAWL

:  the spreading of urban developments (as houses and shopping centers) on undeveloped land near a city

Examples of URBAN SPRAWL

  1. efforts to stop urban sprawl

First Known Use of URBAN SPRAWL

1956

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