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ur·​ban ˈər-bən How to pronounce urban (audio)
: of, relating to, characteristic of, or constituting a city


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biographical name

Ur·​ban ˈər-bən How to pronounce Urban (audio)
name of 8 popes: especially II ( Odo ˈō-(ˌ)dō How to pronounce Urban (audio) of Lagery) circa 1035–1099 (pope 1088–99)

Example Sentences

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In urban areas, a 10 percent increase in the segregation score led to a 5 percent increase in lead, a 10 percent increase in chromium, and an 11 percent increase in zinc. WIRED, 21 Nov. 2022 The mountain lion spends most of his time within Griffith Park, one of the largest municipal parks with urban wilderness areas in the United States located in the eastern Santa Monica Mountain range. Natalie Neysa Alund, USA TODAY, 21 Nov. 2022 The stores compete in the state’s urban areas, from Fairbanks to Anchorage to the Kenai Peninsula, and in Juneau in Southeast, sometimes in close proximity. Alex Demarban, Anchorage Daily News, 20 Nov. 2022 Nearly 80% of fatal bicyclist crashes that year were in urban areas, the agency said. Christina Maxouris, CNN, 19 Nov. 2022 His recent work has examined the impacts of drought, threats to public lands and wildlife, and the nation's widening rural-urban divide. Kurtis Alexander, San Francisco Chronicle, 18 Nov. 2022 During the construction of the interstate highway system from the 1950s to the 1970s, engineers slammed highways through urban areas, often creating racial barriers between neighborhoods. Steven Litt, cleveland, 17 Nov. 2022 Off-leash areas in public parks are also an option, but in dense urban areas around Boston can be few and far between. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 17 Nov. 2022 In 2014, the central government issued a directive: Recycle 70% of rainwater runoff in 20% of urban areas by 2020, and in 80% of such areas by 2030. Emily Wang Fujiyama, ajc, 15 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History



Latin urbanus, from urbs city

First Known Use


circa 1634, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of urban was circa 1634

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“Urban.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/urban. Accessed 2 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition



ur·​ban ˈər-bən How to pronounce urban (audio)
: of, relating to, typical of, or being a city
urban life
an urban area

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