noun, often attributive
dis·​trict | \ ˈdi-(ˌ)strikt How to pronounce district (audio) \

Definition of district

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a territorial division (as for administrative or electoral purposes)
b : the basic administrative unit for local government in Northern Ireland
2 : an area, region, or section with a distinguishing character a shopping district


districted; districting; districts

Definition of district (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to divide or organize into districts

Synonyms for district

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of district in a Sentence

Noun Six police officers are in charge of the district. She represents the eighth congressional district.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The district has made praise-worthy strides toward that end. oregonlive, 24 Sep. 2022 Nine students have overdosed across the district in recent weeks, including seven linked to the Bernstein campus and Hollywood High School. Amy Hubbard, Los Angeles Times, 24 Sep. 2022 The district has 3,170 employees this year, including 1,697 in teacher positions. Cynthia Howell, Arkansas Online, 24 Sep. 2022 The new district includes the state’s southeastern border, stretching north almost as far as Alpine and as far west as eastern Tucson. Alison Steinbach, The Arizona Republic, 24 Sep. 2022 Student scores on report cards were higher than those on district tests and outside assessments, the data showed. Nicole Asbury, Washington Post, 23 Sep. 2022 Bridgestone Arena, also home of the NHL’s Nashville Predators, is located right there in the heart of the Music City’s nightlife district. Fox News, 23 Sep. 2022 Taft bounced back from a tough loss against Brennan by disposing of a previously undefeated O’Connor team in district play, moving up to the middle of the pack in the league standings. Zach Mason, San Antonio Express-News, 23 Sep. 2022 Waiving competitive bidding would be a limited, short-term strategy, knowing that once the supply and inventory becomes better, the district would revert to typical purchasing methods, Wilson said. Suzanne Baker, Chicago Tribune, 23 Sep. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The short-term goals would be to court businesses and other employers to come to Baltimore and expressly district 45 to hire its citizens. George Johnson, Baltimore Sun, 18 May 2022 The state courts announced all courthouses in Barnstable County will remain closed Thursday due to lack of power as will district courts in Stoughton and Wareham. BostonGlobe.com, 28 Oct. 2021 In August, the board voted 5-0 to give Magyar authority to make quick policy changes, based on ever-changing COVID-19 infection numbers, to district COVID-19 policy without prior board approval. Bob Sandrick, cleveland, 12 Oct. 2021 Brunswick One of the teams that St. Edward beat in the Division I district and then finished behind in the regional is Brunswick. Joe Magill, cleveland, 16 Aug. 2021 The parks district annual budget is $34 million, so $5 million a year would account for 14%. Scott Wartman, The Enquirer, 17 June 2021 The result — a patchwork of different policies depending on what state Americans live in, or even down to which district their kids are enrolled in — comes on the heels of a chaotic school year that’s finally coming to a close. Cheyenne Haslett, ABC News, 8 June 2021 His Wildcats are guaranteed to be at home for the next two weeks, as the top seed in their Division I district bracket that connects to a western region of the state. Matt Goul, cleveland, 20 Feb. 2021 Meanwhile, two Canyons district high schools have remained open for classes despite exceeding 15 cases. Erin Alberty, The Salt Lake Tribune, 22 Sep. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of district


1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1792, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for district


French, from Medieval Latin districtus jurisdiction, district, from distringere to distrain — more at distrain

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More Definitions for district


dis·​trict | \ ˈdi-ˌstrikt How to pronounce district (audio) \

Kids Definition of district

1 : an area or section (as of a city or nation) set apart for some purpose our school district
2 : an area or region with some special feature the city's shopping district



Legal Definition of district

: a territorial division (as of a nation, state, county, or city) for administrative, judicial, electoral, or other purposes: as
a : an administrative unit especially of a town or city established for the performance of a special governmental function the water district park district
c : one of the divisions of the United States or of the individual states served by a particular federal or state court

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