town

town
/taUn/ noun
1 PLACE (C) a large area with houses, shops, offices etc where people live and work, that is smaller than a city and larger than a village: an industrial town in the Midlands | the town of Norwalk, Connecticut
2 MAIN CENTRE (U) the business or shopping centre of a town: We're going into town tonight to see a film. | They have a small apartment in town.
3 PEOPLE (singular) all the people who live in a particular town: The whole town turned out to watch the procession.
4 WHERE YOU LIVE (U) AmE the town or city where you live: Cam left town about an hour ago, he should be out at the farm by now. | out of town: I'll be out of town for about a week. | in town: Guess who's in town? Jodie's sister! | be from out of town (=live in a different town than the one you are in): Do you know of a good place to eat? I'm from out of town.
5 VILLAGE (C) AmE several houses forming a small group around a church, shops etc; village BrE: Rowayton is a small town of around 4000 people.
6 NOT COUNTRY the town life in towns and cities in general: Which do you prefer, the town or the country?
7 go to town (on) informal to do something in a very eager or thorough way, often spending a lot of money: Angela really went to town on buying things for her new house.
8 go/be out on the town informal to go to restaurants, bars, theatres etc for entertainment in the evening
9 town and gown BrE used to describe the situation in which the people living in a town and the students in a town seem to be separate and opposing groups
—see also: ghost town, blow town blow 1 (11), market town, new town, paint the town (red) paint 2 (6)

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

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