mega·​city | \ ˈme-gə-ˌsi-tē How to pronounce megacity (audio) \

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such modern megacities as São Paulo and Mexico City

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Nearly half of Uruguayans live in the coastal megacity of Montevideo. Chris Mooney, Anchorage Daily News, "Large parts of the globe have already passed a crucial climate threshold," 11 Sep. 2019 The megacity is hosting both the local Paulista Championships as well as tryouts for the Brazilian national team, set to participate in the Sumo World Championships this October in Japan. Jill Langlois, Los Angeles Times, "In Brazil, land of beaches and samba, a sumo wrestling academy thrives," 10 Sep. 2019 Shanghai, China Why go now: Chinese Moon Festival begins September 13 A vibrant megacity offering an endless range of daring architecture, trendy fashion, and delectable bites, Shanghai teems with adventure. National Geographic, "5 can’t-miss experiences in September," 30 Aug. 2019 In the Los Angeles megacity, 10 percent of the total road surface was responsible for 60 percent of road emissions. Matt Simon, WIRED, "See How LA Belches Emissions, Block by Block," 26 Aug. 2019 Don’t count Jakarta out The megacity will remain Indonesia’s financial center, meaning local politics will continue to serve as a national springboard for the foreseeable future. David Pierson, Los Angeles Times, "Why is Indonesia moving its capital?," 26 Aug. 2019 All of his work together may add up to one of the most eccentric and encyclopedic ground-level portraits of a megacity in the Internet age. Karan Mahajan, The New Yorker, "The Delhi Walla’s Visions of a Possibly Vanishing India," 11 Aug. 2019 In an increasingly wealthy megacity with a rising rate of homelessness, is art for the people worth paying for? Dana Goodyear, The New Yorker, "Will Los Angeles Lose a Beloved Piece of Public Art?," 9 July 2019 My aim is to encapsulate megacity life in a single photograph—one panoramic, kaleidoscopic image. Martin Roemers, National Geographic, "In global megacities, life is a kaleidoscope of stories," 12 June 2019

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First Known Use of megacity

1967, in the meaning defined above

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