municipality

noun
mu·​nic·​i·​pal·​i·​ty | \ myu̇-ˌni-sə-ˈpa-lə-tē \
plural municipalities

Definition of municipality 

1 : a primarily urban political unit having corporate (see corporate sense 1a) status and usually powers of self-government Elections were held in the municipality.
2 : the governing body of a municipality The municipality approved the budget for the year.

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Examples of municipality in a Sentence

laws that have been enacted by many states and municipalities a municipality with an excellent police department

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Service will be available in portions of four municipalities southeast of Phoenix: Chandler, Tempe, Mesa, and Gilbert. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Waymo One, the groundbreaking self-driving taxi service, explained," 5 Dec. 2018 Authorities in the Saronic municipality near Athens, on the Ionian island of Zakynthos and the Aegean islands of Tinos, Andros and Mykonos ordered schools to remain shut. Elena Becatoros And Derek Gatopoulos, Fox News, "Cyclone warning as gale-force winds batter Greece," 27 Sep. 2018 Corporations and municipalities have borrowed more eagerly than the central government, but with many companies wholly or partially owned by the state, Beijing could end up footing the bill. Mike Bird, WSJ, "Battered Global Investors Find an Unlikely Safe Space: Chinese Bonds," 28 Dec. 2018 The rule would have tied Community Development Block grant money—which many municipalities depend on—to a formal process for reviewing policies that might be contributing to segregation. Jeff Andrews, Curbed, "HUD won one court battle, lost another under Ben Carson in 2018," 26 Dec. 2018 In general, federal legislation can encourage municipalities and states to change their laws and systems, but ultimately, local and state lawmakers have the final word at the lower levels of government. German Lopez, Vox, "Congress just passed the most significant criminal justice reform bill in decades," 20 Dec. 2018 These are sprawling municipalities with a combined area of more than 300 square miles (and a combined population of over a million people), but Waymo will initially provide service in less than 100 square miles of that area. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Waymo One, the groundbreaking self-driving taxi service, explained," 5 Dec. 2018 And many municipalities won't take this type of paint or its companion thinners as waste. Mike Allen, Popular Mechanics, "How to Dispose of Hazardous Waste Without Damaging the Environment," 9 Oct. 2018 In April, a plan was approved that could cut government contributions to the University of Puerto Rico (UPR) and individual municipalities by $451 million dollars a year. Chloe Watlington, Teen Vogue, "Students in Puerto Rico Protest Education Budget Cuts in the Wake of Recovery From Hurricane Maria," 6 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of municipality

1790, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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municipality

noun

English Language Learners Definition of municipality

: a city or town that has its own government to deal with local problems; also : the group of people who run such a government

municipality

noun
mu·​nic·​i·​pal·​i·​ty | \ myu̇-ˌni-sə-ˈpa-lə-tē \
plural municipalities

Kids Definition of municipality

: a town or city having its own local government

municipality

noun
mu·​nic·​i·​pal·​i·​ty | \ myu̇-ˌni-sə-ˈpa-lə-tē \
plural municipalities

Legal Definition of municipality 

: a primarily urban municipal corporation also : the governing body of a municipality

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