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Definition of sprawl noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[countable, usually singular, uncountable] a large area covered with buildings that spreads from the city into the countryside in an ugly way attempts to control the fast-growing urban sprawl
  2. 2[countable, usually singular] an act of spreading to cover a large area in a messy way; something that spreads like this
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