urban sprawl

noun
Updated on: 21 Nov 2017

Definition of urban sprawl

: the spreading of urban developments (such as houses and shopping centers) on undeveloped land near a city

Examples of urban sprawl in a Sentence

  1. efforts to stop urban sprawl

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First Known Use of urban sprawl

1934


URBAN SPRAWL Defined for English Language Learners

urban sprawl

noun

Definition of urban sprawl for English Language Learners

  • : a situation in which large stores, groups of houses, etc., are built in an area around a city that formerly had few people living in it


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