Definition of inner city in English:

inner city

noun

  • [usually as modifier] The area near the centre of a city, especially when associated with social and economic problems:

    ‘inner-city areas’
    • ‘He won praise from the judges for his mentoring of scores of inner-city youngsters and helping many of them through to university.’
    • ‘And to be free from harassment in inner-city bus stations is a benefit indeed.’
    • ‘They can't blame the frustrations of inner-city poverty for their actions, or the bleakness of life on a grim estate.’
    • ‘An inner-city kid goes looking for an escape and spends the rest of his life in a revolving prison door.’
    • ‘Heavy drinking, which now includes women and even children, is blamed by police for a rise in inner-city crime figures.’
    • ‘The centre, a former run-down inner-city mill, was started up a decade ago.’
    • ‘Political winds are wafting more money toward segments of the inner-city economy.’
    • ‘The pupil passports, so far restricted to inner-city areas under existing Tory plans, will be extended nationwide.’
    • ‘Beautifully filmed, it opens in slow motion on windswept dunes before morphing into shots of an inner-city house.’
    • ‘Both inner-city removals and rapid urban migration swelled its population.’
    • ‘Today it is held up as a role model of inner-city renewal.’
    • ‘Far from ignoring inner-city children, we are investing in them.’
    • ‘Instead of brawling farmers we were given inner-city violence.’
    • ‘Many of these surplus places are in the inner-city area with the highest levels of social deprivation.’
    • ‘Only his reputation as a father figure to generations of inner-city youngsters saved him from being cast out altogether.’
    • ‘Once upon a time, this phrase conjured images of deadly inner-city riots and calls for revolution.’
    • ‘How will the extra crowds and noise affect the growing number of people living in inner-city apartments?’
    • ‘Demographers have begun to note movements of black people from inner-city areas to leafier suburbs as they become more affluent.’
    • ‘Racial problems had been restricted to inner-city areas in a few large cities.’
    • ‘Crime, fear and grinding poverty plague some of the inner-city regions of Leeds as the gap between rich and poor grows ever wider.’
    built-up, town, city, inner-city, densely populated, townified, citified, metropolitan, suburban, non-rural
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Pronunciation:

inner city

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