noun, often attributive
dis·​trict | \ ˈdis-(ˌ)trikt 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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The number of cases in the city center is still low, according to Doctors Without Borders, but that number is rising quickly in more outlying districts and suburbs. Cathleen O'grady, Ars Technica, "Ebola outbreak reaches city of 1 million residents," 14 Dec. 2018 The Future: The American voting system is decentralized, spliced up into precincts, municipalities, districts, and counties that administer their own defenses against interference. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "If the 2018 Election Is Hacked, This Is How It Will Happen," 5 Nov. 2018 The shootout between a man in a violence-prone Baltimore district and a police officer taking part in a crime suppression initiative has left the officer wounded and the suspect dead Sunday evening, Baltimore's interim police chief said. Fox News, "Man slain in Baltimore police shootout was paroled this year," 25 Sep. 2018 Part of Livingston's campaign platform involves boosting financial transparency among district and charter schools. Ricardo Cano, azcentral, "Arizona superintendent candidates: Charters need more financial oversight," 12 July 2018 Massara said the district and residents have tried everything over the past few years to appease the Coastal Commission, including unlocking the gate and allowing free daytime access during the summer. Peter Fimrite, SFChronicle.com, "Fight brewing over Privates Beach in Santa Cruz County, which charges $100 yearly fee," 12 July 2018 Its soaring vantage point in the heart of the French Quarter allows for spectacular 360-degree views of Charleston Harbor, the Atlantic Ocean, the historic district and surrounding areas. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "The Incredible Two-Story Penthouse Atop Charleston’s People’s Building Can Be Yours for $16,500,000," 11 July 2018 Other companies such as LinkedIn and Chemical Bank have announced expansions and relocations to the central business district. Keiko Morris, WSJ, "Shinola Hotel Anchors New Detroit Development," 25 Dec. 2018 After decades of service, both leave the capital this week and prepare to return to districts that rejected their leadership. Mattie Kahn, Glamour, "What It's Like to Lose in the Year of the Woman," 21 Dec. 2018

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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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to affect and impair by alcohol or a drug

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