central city

noun

Definition of central city

: a city that constitutes the densely populated center of a metropolitan area

called also core city

Examples of central city in a Sentence

The central city is losing population, while the suburbs are expanding.

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But few residents welcome the incinerators, and the prospect of their construction has sparked some of mainland China’s largest civic unrest in recent years, including in the central city of Wuhan this month. James T. Areddy, WSJ, "Extreme Trash Recycling: 104 Protocols, 30,000 Inspectors," 10 July 2019 That sharply limited the prospects for integration in metro areas that — like Detroit, where the case originated — featured a heavily black central city surrounded by heavily white suburbs. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "Democratic candidates’ school integration plans, explained," 3 July 2019 Portland currently has 1,002 bikes and 147 stations across central city and eastside neighborhoods. oregonlive.com, "Portland eyes citywide Biketown expansion in 2020, with e-bikes as well," 26 June 2019 One place to hear such dreams, on a recent smoggy Saturday morning, is an English-language debating tournament in the central city of Wuhan. The Economist, "Debating contests teach Chinese students an argument has two sides," 15 June 2019 By August 2002, Western intelligence services and an Iranian opposition group revealed a covert nuclear site at the central city of Natanz. Jon Gambrell, Fox News, "AP EXPLAINS: What is Iran's atomic deal? Why is it targeted?," 8 May 2018 One hour after his daughter’s birth in the central city of Daejeon at 10 p.m. on Dec. 31 of last year, Lee posted the news on social media. Hyung-jin Kim, The Seattle Times, "S. Korean babies born Dec. 31 become 2-year-olds next day," 13 Apr. 2019 The Sacramento City Council is moving forward with a plan to expand restroom access to homeless people in the central city. Cynthia Hubert, sacbee, "Homeless people get new bathroom in Sacramento. Public toilet near City Hall also possible," 5 July 2018 In Sacramento, that zone is basically the central city, East Sacramento, Sacramento State, UC Med Center, Oak Park, Tahoe Park, Land Park and Curtis Park. Tony Bizjak, sacbee, "Sacramento's new candy-red rental bikes are hot. Here's what you should know about them," 31 May 2018

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First Known Use of central city

1950, in the meaning defined above

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central city

noun

English Language Learners Definition of central city

: the center part of a large city

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