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

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Examples of megacity in a Sentence

such modern megacities as São Paulo and Mexico City
Recent Examples on the Web That megacity is the center of a West African film industry, nicknamed Nollywood, that actually releases more movies annually than Hollywood, though not quite as many as Mumbai’s Bollywood. Geoffrey Himes, Washington Post, 8 June 2022 That megacity is possible because of a minor hydrological miracle. New York Times, 7 June 2022 The megacity of 25 million people, now in the sixth week of its lockdown, reported 3,840 new infections, marking the fifth consecutive day in which there were fewer than 5,000 daily cases and the lowest daily count since March 27. Jonathan Cheng, WSJ, 8 May 2022 The province is Canada’s largest by population and includes both the megacity Toronto and Canadian capital, Ottawa. Washington Post, 4 May 2022 The megacity, which functions as China's financial hub, entered a two-stage lockdown on March 28 that was initially intended to end April 5. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 4 Apr. 2022 But in a megacity where unauthorized construction is the norm, BJP supporters and critics agreed on the underlying motive for the operation: payback. Washington Post, 27 Apr. 2022 The current epicenter is Shanghai, where a megacity of 25 million people has been locked down in two phases for much of the past week. Patrick Frater, Variety, 3 Apr. 2022 This month, officials imposed stringent restrictions on residents’ movement in two major cities, Shanghai and Shenzhen, on a day when each megacity reported fewer than 70 new cases. New York Times, 23 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of megacity

1967, in the meaning defined above

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“Megacity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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