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

Definition of megacity

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Examples of megacity in a Sentence

such modern megacities as São Paulo and Mexico City
Recent Examples on the Web Sihanoukville, once Cambodia's backpacker haven, is quickly becoming a gambling megacity thanks to scores of casinos built by Chinese developers. Joshua Berlinger, CNN, 23 June 2021 Authorities have tightened national border restrictions and locked down several districts in the southern megacity of Guangzhou in response to an outbreak of about 150 infections in that city since May 21. Fortune, 17 June 2021 MoMA’s curator Sarah Hermanson Meister has concentrated on the photographers, and on the postwar decades when São Paulo swelled into a megacity. Richard B. Woodward, WSJ, 16 June 2021 The megacity has long prided itself on being one of the few cities in India with uninterrupted power supply even as most of the country struggles with regular blackouts. Eric Bellman, WSJ, 1 Mar. 2021 Tu Guohong lives quietly as an independent artist, writer, and art scholar in Chongqing, a megacity in China’s southwestern Sichuan province. Ann Scott Tyson, The Christian Science Monitor, 18 Feb. 2021 The desert factory, not the megacity, offers the best view of the capitalist sublime. Jason Farago, New York Times, 5 Nov. 2020 By 2030, it is projected to be the world’s sixth largest megacity. Manavi Kapur, Quartz, 3 Sep. 2020 In the megacity of Mumbai, the rains come in terrifying cloudbursts. Star Tribune, 31 July 2020

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First Known Use of megacity

1967, in the meaning defined above

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30 Jun 2021

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“Megacity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jul. 2021.

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