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

Examples of megacity in a Sentence

such modern megacities as São Paulo and Mexico City
Recent Examples on the Web Most people are unaware that the rap god chose the numeric nomenclature as a salute to two things: the city's original area code (416) and the 1998 amalgamation of six municipalities (Toronto, East York, North York, Scarborough, Etobicoke, and York) to form the megacity of Toronto. Heather Greenwood Davis, Condé Nast Traveler, 22 Mar. 2024 The megacity now has gleaming malls and luxury karaoke lounges with floor-to-ceiling projector screens that make those in Hong Kong look quaint by comparison. Chris Lau, CNN, 24 Feb. 2024 Developers razed blocks of graceful neem, banyan and peepal trees, leaving Kolkata with the least shading tree cover of any Indian megacity, according to India’s State of the Forest report from 2021. Anant Gupta, Washington Post, 22 Sep. 2023 On Friday, the typhoon caused a tree to fall on a car in Shenzhen, a coastal megacity in the province of Guangdong, killing the driver and injuring two women, according to state-run news media. Mike Ives,, 2 Sep. 2023 Kumar lived with her family on sidewalks of the megacity and missed a month of school. Time, 6 Oct. 2023 Since 1950, Kolkata’s average temperature has risen more than any megacity studied — by 4.7 degrees Fahrenheit, according to the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Anant Gupta, Washington Post, 22 Sep. 2023 Air quality in Jakarta, a megacity of 10.5 million, has deteriorated to dangerous levels in recent weeks, with Swiss technology company IQAir ranking it as the world’s most polluted city on August 9. Heather Chen, CNN, 21 Aug. 2023 In the first week of August, the glitzy megacity of Gurugram, an hour’s drive from New Delhi, was burning. Vaibhav Vats, The Atlantic, 30 Aug. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1967, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of megacity was in 1967

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“Megacity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

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