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 By 2100, Lagos is estimated to become the largest megacity in the world, with eighty million inhabitants. Emmanuel Iduma, The New York Review of Books, "Cyprian Ekwensi’s Lagos Noir," 2 June 2020 In 2018, yellow fever appeared for the first time in the megacity of São Paulo, Brazil, and was spotted in the periphery of Rio de Janeiro. Flavie Halais, Wired, "Cities in Poorer Countries Are at Risk as Covid-19 Spreads," 1 June 2020 The cyclone killed at least 85 people and flattened tens of thousands of homes, many of them in the West Bengal megacity of Kolkata. National Geographic, "THE BEST OF NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC DELIVERED TO YOUR INBOX," 29 May 2020 Almost all the action unfolds in Dhaka yet none of the filming took place in the south Asian megacity. The Economist, "Of drug-lords and danger “Extraction”, a thriller set in Dhaka, has angered Bangladeshis," 4 May 2020 Jay has been locked in his apartment in the southern Chinese megacity of Guangzhou since April 9—when a doctor, local official and a translator delivered a mandatory quarantine order due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Hillary Leung, Time, "'This Is Discrimination.' Africans in One of China’s Major Cities Say They Are Targets After a Spike in COVID-19," 16 Apr. 2020 The half-a-trillion-dollar megacity is the most audacious example of the economic and social transformation Prince Mohammed envisions for his country. Vivian Nereim,, "Hope Turns to Doubt, Then Gunfire, as Saudi Megacity Emerges," 8 May 2020 The glitzy megacity of Jakarta pulsated with the energy of hosting one of the most important sporting events of the year. Lauren Decicca, National Geographic, "How wheelchair basketball changed these women's lives," 21 Oct. 2019 Fending Off Future Outbreaks More than two months into the epidemic—and seven weeks after the Chinese government imposed citywide transportation restrictions in Wuhan, a megacity of 11 million—life feels almost normal, Shi says, laughing. Jane Qiu, Scientific American, "How China’s “Bat Woman” Hunted Down Viruses from SARS to the New Coronavirus," 11 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of megacity

1967, in the meaning defined above

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17 Jun 2020

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“Megacity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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