Meaning of CITY in English



Relatively permanent and highly organized centre of population, of greater size or importance than a town or village.

The first cities appeared in city-state , a form also important in the emergence of the Roman empire as well as the medieval Italian trading centers of Venice , Genoa , and Florence . After the Middle Ages, cities came increasingly under the political control of centralized government and served the interests of the nation-state. The Industrial Revolution further transformed city life, as factory cities blossomed rapidly in England, northwestern Europe, and the northeastern U.S. By the mid-20th century, 30–60% of a country's population might be living in its major urban centers. With the rise of the automobile came the growth of suburbs and urban sprawl, as factories, offices, and residences erected in earlier periods became aged and obsolete. Today many cities suffer from lack of adequate housing, sanitation, recreational space, and transportation facilities, and face problems of inner-city decay or burgeoning shantytowns. Local governments have sought to alleviate these problems through urban planning .


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Kuwait City

Quebec City

Atlantic City

Belize City

Carson City

Cebu City

city government

city state

Forbidden City

garden city

Guatemala City

Ho Chi Minh City

Jefferson City

Jersey City

Kansas City

Mexico City

New York City

New York City Ballet

Oklahoma City

Panama City

Quezon City

Salt Lake City

Baron Snow of the City of Leicester

Vatican City

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Noel Baker of the City of Derby Philip John Noel Baker Baron

Cíbola Seven Cities of

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