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

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In the southeast of the country and the megacity of Lagos, adult-literacy levels are now above 80% and the government is building a number of special economic zones. Gabriele Steinhauser, WSJ, "Extreme Poverty Concentrates in Sub-Saharan Africa," 18 Sep. 2018 Yet for many, the flush of that victory has given way to the realization that Baghdad, once a jewel among Arab capitals and now on the cusp of achieving megacity status, is barely functional. Nabih Bulos, The Seattle Times, "Baghdad, once a jewel among Arab capitals, is barely functional," 28 Jan. 2019 The Pearl River Delta supports a gargantuan economy, earning the distinction of world's largest megacity in 2015. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "China Opens Gargantuan 34-Mile Mega Bridge," 23 Oct. 2018 Further Reading How archaeologists found the lost medieval megacity of Angkor Angkor dates back to around 802 CE. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Collapse of ancient city’s water system may have led to its demise," 20 Oct. 2018 China is kickstarting the electric bus market The rapidly growing megacity of Shenzhen, China, was choked with diesel pollution in the early 2010s. David Roberts, Vox, "China made solar panels cheap. Now it’s doing the same for electric buses.," 24 July 2018 Greater Cairo was the second most polluted large city, with India’s other great megacity of Mumbai ranked fourth on the list and Beijing fifth. Annie Gowen, Washington Post, "As China cleans up its act, India’s cities named the world’s most polluted," 2 May 2018 On Thursday evening, an oil tanker exploded in Lagos, Nigeria, setting more than 50 cars on fire during rush hour in the megacity. Siobhán O'grady, Washington Post, "Oil tanker explodes during rush hour on Nigerian highway, burning 54 cars," 29 June 2018 Image HONG KONG — Xue Qiulian has been a die-hard fan of Argentina’s national soccer team since his junior high school days in Guangzhou, a southern Chinese megacity. Mike Ives, New York Times, "Chinese Fans Paid Dearly for World Cup Tickets That Never Materialized," 21 June 2018

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1967, in the meaning defined above

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