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’
    • ‘The survey covers 86 business districts in 40 countries worldwide.’
    • ‘Extraordinarily fine acanthite specimens have been found in several of Mexico's major silver mining districts.’
    • ‘Our next stop was the Browns Race and High Falls Area: one of the city's newest entertainment districts.’
    • ‘The retail boom is also transforming the oldest shopping districts in the city.’
    • ‘They like to shop for all but daily necessities at prestigious department stores in downtown shopping districts.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘About 150 demonstrators protested in the city's downtown waterfront district.’
    • ‘It is close to the Phoenix Park and the Four Courts and is also within walking distance of the main shopping and business districts.’
    • ‘I typically wandered around working class districts of big ugly cities in poorer nations during their seasons of inclement weather.’
    • ‘We then walked down to Fourteenth Street, the center of the city's red light district.’
    • ‘She took a shine to Chicago's sprawling skyline and downtown shopping district.’
    • ‘We showed up a bit before then and walked around the meatpacking district.’
    • ‘Cities with gleaming business districts and luxury developments for the rich are surrounded by shanty towns and slums.’
    • ‘Smithsonite is relatively common in Arizona mining districts, but good specimens appear to be rare.’
    • ‘In Edinburgh, the city's traditional red-light district was regenerated and the scheme moved elsewhere.’
    • ‘Close your eyes and it almost sounds like the meatpacking district.’
    • ‘The Neihu district is developing into a shopping district for suburban Taipei, Wei said.’
    neighbourhood, area, region, place, locality, locale, community, quarter, sector, vicinity, zone, territory, block, part, spot, patch, domain
    administrative division, ward, parish, constituency, department
    neck of the woods
    manor
    turf
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    1. 1.1[often as modifier] A region defined for an administrative purpose:
      ‘a district health authority’
      • ‘Rural school districts have relied more on federal and state aid over the past 3 years than their urban counterparts.’
      • ‘Nevertheless Muhammad's own prestige and reputation as a preacher extended to neighbouring districts.’
      • ‘Organizers demanded 64 new seats in parliament for women, one to represent each district of the country.’
      • ‘Congressional districts are redrawn through a bill approved in the Legislature.’
      • ‘Application forms for travel concessions are available from district council offices or by telephone from 770380.’
      • ‘Eliminating the stalking from my life required an attorney and an assistant district attorney.’
      • ‘But a few days later, another district court judge issued a contradictory ruling.’
      • ‘Arrangements have to be made for the movement of home helps and district nurses.’
      • ‘Citing national statistics, the governor said three districts in the province are a major concern.’
      • ‘Today's urban school districts have more than enough money in their budgets to do their jobs well.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘All district chiefs and sub-district administration managers attended the meeting at Pattaya City Hall.’
      • ‘Let us look at that district health board sector, of which a large part is hospital-based.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The rate structures set by irrigation districts fail to provide the stick for water conservation.’
      • ‘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.
      • ‘A more detailed report on the waterside scheme will be considered by both the district and county councils in the summer.’
      • ‘Roy Smith, Tendring district and Essex county councillor, has taken up the residents' complaints.’
      • ‘People will also be asked whether they want one or more all-purpose councils to replace the county and districts.’
      • ‘We elect a district council to look after the local population's interests.’
      • ‘There are 16 places up for grabs on the youth forum, two for each of the county's districts and boroughs.’
      • ‘The majority of residents also felt a stronger sense of belonging to the county than to their district.’
      • ‘Negotiations between Wiltshire County Council and the districts are continuing.’
      • ‘The district and county councils say it is not their responsibility.’
      • ‘District council chiefs have outlined their commitment to affordable housing in Salisbury with an action plan.’
      • ‘The campaigning couple are also angry that no town, district or county councillors have come to visit the site.’
      • ‘The district auditor has made the point that he is independent of the council.’
      • ‘The report can also be viewed at County Hall and at district and borough council offices.’
      • ‘He wants district and county councils to take over a lot of Defra budgets.’
      • ‘The meeting took place because district councillors wanted to discuss concerns with highway representatives.’
      • ‘According to the inscription, he had created ‘One of the most productive and best cultivated districts in the County of York’.’
      • ‘Firstly, all these villages have a Conservative district councillor and county councillor.’
      • ‘Each of the district's councillors has about 12,000 constituents to whom we are answerable.’
      • ‘Some 12 per cent of district nurses are aged over 55 and eligible to retire.’
      • ‘It is a similar scheme to the one in place for district and county councillors.’
      • ‘Voters go to the polls on May 1 when a third of the district's councillors are up for re-election.’
      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 whole issue is now the subject of a court case - largely over claims that the new districting dilutes minority voting power.’
    • ‘But any such districting would have required a lengthy and complicated census.’
    • ‘The DPP will support a law to regulate the principle of districting if it is necessary.’
    • ‘Students are being districted to other schools in the area.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He began knocking on doors, reading books on precinct districting and setting up databases.’
    • ‘In fact, other former Bremer aides say that districting was preferred as an idea but ‘the practical problems were overwhelming.’’
    • ‘Later in the same memo, Melby noted that ‘with the existing electoral districting, he [Jagan] would probably win a majority of seats’.’
    • ‘As a result, the new districting was aimed at achieving a better distribution of districts as well as better political representation of citizens.’
    • ‘Some repair work is needed on districting, but this isn't it.’

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/