Definition of district in English:

district

noun

  • 1An area of a country or city, especially one characterized by a particular feature or activity.

    ‘a coal-mining district’
    • ‘She took a shine to Chicago's sprawling skyline and downtown shopping district.’
    • ‘There's a new store looking for space in the gold-plated Rodeo Drive shopping district.’
    • ‘There is a new landmark in Ginza, one of the leading shopping and business districts of Tokyo.’
    • ‘We showed up a bit before then and walked around the meatpacking district.’
    • ‘They like to shop for all but daily necessities at prestigious department stores in downtown shopping districts.’
    • ‘Our next stop was the Browns Race and High Falls Area: one of the city's newest entertainment districts.’
    • ‘Close your eyes and it almost sounds like the meatpacking district.’
    • ‘Cities with gleaming business districts and luxury developments for the rich are surrounded by shanty towns and slums.’
    • ‘But since we were up on a mountain we could not visit the red light district of town.’
    • ‘Several American cities have closed popular shopping districts to traffic and opened the entire street to pedestrians.’
    • ‘In Edinburgh, the city's traditional red-light district was regenerated and the scheme moved elsewhere.’
    • ‘The survey covers 86 business districts in 40 countries worldwide.’
    • ‘I typically wandered around working class districts of big ugly cities in poorer nations during their seasons of inclement weather.’
    • ‘About 150 demonstrators protested in the city's downtown waterfront district.’
    • ‘The retail boom is also transforming the oldest shopping districts in the city.’
    • ‘The Neihu district is developing into a shopping district for suburban Taipei, Wei said.’
    • ‘We then walked down to Fourteenth Street, the center of the city's red light district.’
    • ‘Extraordinarily fine acanthite specimens have been found in several of Mexico's major silver mining districts.’
    • ‘Smithsonite is relatively common in Arizona mining districts, but good specimens appear to be rare.’
    • ‘It is close to the Phoenix Park and the Four Courts and is also within walking distance of the main shopping and business districts.’
    neighbourhood, area, region, place, locality, locale, community, quarter, sector, vicinity, zone, territory, block, part, spot, patch, domain
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    1. 1.1often as modifier A region defined for an administrative purpose.
      ‘a district health authority’
      • ‘Organizers demanded 64 new seats in parliament for women, one to represent each district of the country.’
      • ‘Today's urban school districts have more than enough money in their budgets to do their jobs well.’
      • ‘Rural school districts have relied more on federal and state aid over the past 3 years than their urban counterparts.’
      • ‘Arrangements have to be made for the movement of home helps and district nurses.’
      • ‘Half-hearted efforts at compliance among urban school districts have kept the exodus to just a trickle.’
      • ‘From 1946 to 1947 he was deputy assistant district attorney in New York City.’
      • ‘Application forms for travel concessions are available from district council offices or by telephone from 770380.’
      • ‘Citing national statistics, the governor said three districts in the province are a major concern.’
      • ‘Eliminating the stalking from my life required an attorney and an assistant district attorney.’
      • ‘Nevertheless Muhammad's own prestige and reputation as a preacher extended to neighbouring districts.’
      • ‘All district chiefs and sub-district administration managers attended the meeting at Pattaya City Hall.’
      • ‘But a few days later, another district court judge issued a contradictory ruling.’
      • ‘Congressional districts are redrawn through a bill approved in the Legislature.’
      • ‘Let us look at that district health board sector, of which a large part is hospital-based.’
      • ‘The rate structures set by irrigation districts fail to provide the stick for water conservation.’
      • ‘We believe that other district health boards will have a similar set of figures.’
      • ‘We are the size of Melbourne, yet we have 21 district health boards.’
      • ‘Their members will never be bogged down in committee meetings in some district council.’
      • ‘In Galway, we identified rural and family owned pubs by selecting electoral districts with populations of less than 1500.’
      • ‘The project authorities with the support of the district administration have removed the debris.’
    2. 1.2British A division of a county or region that elects its own councillors.
      • ‘The campaigning couple are also angry that no town, district or county councillors have come to visit the site.’
      • ‘District council chiefs have outlined their commitment to affordable housing in Salisbury with an action plan.’
      • ‘Negotiations between Wiltshire County Council and the districts are continuing.’
      • ‘He wants district and county councils to take over a lot of Defra budgets.’
      • ‘Roy Smith, Tendring district and Essex county councillor, has taken up the residents' complaints.’
      • ‘There are 16 places up for grabs on the youth forum, two for each of the county's districts and boroughs.’
      • ‘Firstly, all these villages have a Conservative district councillor and county councillor.’
      • ‘We elect a district council to look after the local population's interests.’
      • ‘Some 12 per cent of district nurses are aged over 55 and eligible to retire.’
      • ‘A more detailed report on the waterside scheme will be considered by both the district and county councils in the summer.’
      • ‘The district auditor has made the point that he is independent of the council.’
      • ‘The majority of residents also felt a stronger sense of belonging to the county than to their district.’
      • ‘According to the inscription, he had created ‘One of the most productive and best cultivated districts in the County of York’.’
      • ‘The report can also be viewed at County Hall and at district and borough council offices.’
      • ‘It is a similar scheme to the one in place for district and county councillors.’
      • ‘The district and county councils say it is not their responsibility.’
      • ‘People will also be asked whether they want one or more all-purpose councils to replace the county and districts.’
      • ‘The meeting took place because district councillors wanted to discuss concerns with highway representatives.’
      • ‘Voters go to the polls on May 1 when a third of the district's councillors are up for re-election.’
      • ‘Each of the district's councillors has about 12,000 constituents to whom we are answerable.’
      administrative district, canton, province, territory, state, county, shire, parish
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verb

[WITH OBJECT]North American
  • Divide into areas.

    ‘the province's system of electoral districting’
    • ‘The DPP will support a law to regulate the principle of districting if it is necessary.’
    • ‘As a result, the new districting was aimed at achieving a better distribution of districts as well as better political representation of citizens.’
    • ‘I can't say how much districting has caused that, but it sure doesn't make districting look good.’
    • ‘Please remember that I'm writing this blog while trying not to be districted by ESPN's awful Fantasy Football preview show that's on my cubicle TV.’
    • ‘Later in the same memo, Melby noted that ‘with the existing electoral districting, he [Jagan] would probably win a majority of seats’.’
    • ‘Some repair work is needed on districting, but this isn't it.’
    • ‘Students are being districted to other schools in the area.’
    • ‘He began knocking on doors, reading books on precinct districting and setting up databases.’
    • ‘But any such districting would have required a lengthy and complicated census.’
    • ‘In fact, other former Bremer aides say that districting was preferred as an idea but ‘the practical problems were overwhelming.’’
    • ‘The whole issue is now the subject of a court case - largely over claims that the new districting dilutes minority voting power.’

Origin

Early 17th century (denoting the territory under the jurisdiction of a feudal lord): from French, from medieval Latin districtus ‘(territory of) jurisdiction’, from Latin distringere ‘draw apart’.

Pronunciation

district

/ˈdɪstrɪkt/