Definition of civic in US English:

civic

adjective

  • 1attributive Relating to a city or town, especially its administration; municipal.

    ‘civic and business leaders’
    • ‘Now business and civic leaders are wondering when they can expect a decision on the £53m scheme.’
    • ‘We also had civic buildings, including a courthouse.’
    • ‘Representatives from every parish in the diocese, along with civic and business leaders, gathered in tribute.’
    • ‘Why has a city of 14 million allowed a civic administration of a few thousand to hold it to ransom?’
    • ‘Administration of civic bodies should be handed over to the military for at least two years so that things can be speeded up.’
    • ‘However packed it gets, this great civic expanse always retains its symbolic force.’
    • ‘Fears that young members of the community are being forced to move away from the town have prompted civic leaders to investigate the issue.’
    • ‘The third civic building is the Central Library, west of the City Hall.’
    • ‘Business, community and civic leaders have a key role to play here.’
    • ‘They were not what people expected of a major civic building in their city or community.’
    • ‘Perhaps a few people involved in civic administration might feel more important if we became a city but I oppose the idea.’
    • ‘The town needed a new building that combined the civic role of a town hall with the cultural dimension of a small theatre.’
    • ‘The biggest proposal however is for a completely new civic centre to be located somewhere in the estate.’
    • ‘Among them were business leaders and civic dignitaries who helped raise £20,000.’
    • ‘Political control, mismanagement and corruption have ensured that civic bodies which provide water are bankrupt.’
    • ‘Such concerns pushed civic leaders toward municipal control of those networks.’
    • ‘Being linked to the advertising industry, it comes at virtually no cost to the civic administration.’
    • ‘A market town's civic leaders have decided it is time one of its hidden garden treasures became less of a secret for tourists.’
    • ‘Could a new civic centre become a reality?’
    • ‘The situation sparked allegations of unfairness and excessive bureaucracy from the town's unemployed and civic leaders.’
    municipal, city, town, urban, metropolitan
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    1. 1.1 Relating to the duties or activities of people in relation to their town, city, or local area.
      ‘they could not be denied access to education, the vote, and other civic rights’
      • ‘Materialistic values were far stronger among young people than civic virtues.’
      • ‘Whether it a case of laziness or a lack of civic pride is unclear.’
      • ‘Instead, most scholars working on this topic have assumed that civic virtue must be promoted indirectly.’
      • ‘Some would contend that a sense of civic duty alone is enough to compel people to vote.’
      • ‘The aim of the competition is to recognise improvements made by local communities to create civic pride in their area.’
      • ‘What kinds of activities work best as training grounds for civic engagement and why?’
      • ‘They must share an equal commitment to civic virtue in a democratic society.’
      • ‘We have to reclaim both areas as civic duty in our lives.’
      • ‘You should see that as your editorial responsibility as well as your civic duty in this time of national tragedy.’
      • ‘The relationship between military and civic virtue is also revealed as deeply ambiguous in these translations.’
      • ‘There was a time when we had a national, personal and civic pride.’
      • ‘The least satisfactory aspect concerned the civic virtue of locals.’
      • ‘Great civic leaders of less evangelical eras than ours did not speak of visions.’
      • ‘There is no older civic duty than public participation in the law.’
      • ‘It was designed to reeducate the local populace on law and order and civic duty.’
      • ‘But, again, this just seems another public relations exercise when civic attitudes have not really changed.’
      • ‘Contribute to community building, foster civic engagement, create a sense of community.’
      • ‘Colleges provided the opportunity and social support to develop the habit of civic engagement.’
      • ‘Findings also support claims that civic journalism complements traditional journalism.’
      • ‘The priority of the new administration was to be civic pride, something we wanted to restore in the borough, making people proud to be here.’
      state, national, federal, government
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Origin

Mid 16th century: from French civique or Latin civicus, from civis ‘citizen’. The original use was in civic garland, crown, etc., translating Latin corona civica, denoting a garland of oak leaves and acorns given in ancient Rome to a person who saved a fellow citizen's life.

Pronunciation

civic

/ˈsɪvɪk//ˈsivik/