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

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Synonyms for district

Synonyms: Noun

nabe, neighborhood, quarter, section

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Examples of district in a Sentence


Six police officers are in charge of the district. She represents the eighth congressional district.

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Now, Mekong is at full occupancy with 28 tenants and has spurred development in the rest of the Asian business district in Mesa. USA TODAY, "High Line milestones, Iowa’s big stink, Muscle Beach makeover: News from around our 50 states," 11 June 2019 Fisherman were being warned about the rough seas ahead of the storm's arrival along with coastal residents preparing for a storm surge of up to 2 meters, which could inundate parts of the low-lying coast of the Kutch district in Gujarat. Brandon Miller, CNN, "Millions in Northwest India face tropical cyclone threat," 11 June 2019 Both construction projects are part of the district’s $275 million bond which was approved by voters in 2017. Mayra Cruz, Houston Chronicle, "Tonight: Tomball ISD to induct new board member, decide on $141 budget for 2019-2020," 11 June 2019 Winners of District 64 writing contest announced Sixteen students from Park Ridge-Niles School District 64 were selected as winners of the district’s 2019 Young Authors contest. Jennifer Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "Park Ridge school news: District 64 selects winners of Young Authors contest; band students compete in St. Louis," 10 June 2019 In late April, Trapp granted a motion by the county to intervene in that 2018 lawsuit, which originally pitted a group of volunteer firefighters against the directors of the district. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Court rules in county’s favor, strikes blow to Julian volunteer firefighters," 8 June 2019 The boundary review, which has potential to impact any or all of the district’s 74 comprehensive schools, begins June 13, with the release of the annual feasibility study at the school board’s general meeting. Jess Nocera, baltimoresun.com, "Howard schools to begin redistricting process," 7 June 2019 The cultural soundtrack of the district is a funk, soul subgenre that is deeply rooted in the Black people of the land and has been under attack for making white residents uncomfortable. Kynala Phillips, Essence, "New Bill Could Make Go-go Music The Official Sound Of D.C.," 5 June 2019 Most of these districts don’t take days off for holidays such as Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur. Lois K. Solomon, sun-sentinel.com, "Battle rages on over school start dates," 5 June 2019

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The cases had statistical analyses, proposals for how judges could reasonably determine when districting plans went too far and the non-partisan optics of Republicans in the offending role in one state and Democrats in the other. Gary D. Robertson, The Seattle Times, "A more skeptical Supreme Court to hear redistricting challenge," 25 Mar. 2019 More Although Democrats are preferred in the national poll overall, their advantage has vanished in the House districts that matter most. Janet Hook, WSJ, "Interest in Midterms Surges, Along With Trump Approval Rating," 21 Oct. 2018 Independent districting commissions are certainly an improvement over state legislatures drawing district lines. Lee Drutman, Vox, "One big winner last night: political reform," 7 Nov. 2018 North Shore park districts with fewer beaches have lifeguards on duty for longer periods each day. Tessa Weinberg, chicagotribune.com, "A nighttime drowning in Lake Michigan - and no city lifeguards on duty prompts calls for change," 12 July 2018 The Seminole County school district earned an A, and the other Central Florida districts all got B’s. Leslie Postal, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Florida's schools earn more As and Bs and fewer Fs, state says," 27 June 2018 The council also approved the creation of a municipal utilities district around the development. The Washington Post, NOLA.com, "Housing-starved Houston builds anew in the flood plain," 22 May 2018 The 2-to-1 decision is a victory for Democrats in a years-long battle over the legislative lines, which were drawn after the 2010 census to give the 11 House of Delegates districts a voting population that was least 55 percent black. Rachel Weiner, Washington Post, "Court strikes down Virginia House districts as racial gerrymandering," 26 June 2018 With that district probably out of reach in a November rematch, the Orange County districts become even more important for the Democrats. John Wildermuth, San Francisco Chronicle, "Is Orange County fertile ground for the left? California Dems are counting on it," 11 June 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of district

: an area established by a government for official government business
: an area or section that has some special characteristic or purpose


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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incapable of being surmounted or overcome

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