Definition of suburb noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

suburb

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˈsʌbɜːb//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈsʌbɜːrb//
 
(also North American English, informal the burbs) House location
 
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an area where people live that is outside the centre of a city a suburb of London a London suburb They live in the suburbs. Wordfinderamenity, city, ghetto, high-rise, metropolitan, population, slum, suburb, town, urban CollocationsTown and countryTown live in a city/​a town/​an urban environment/(informal) a concrete jungle/​the suburbs/​shanty towns/​slums live (especially North American English) downtown/​in the downtown area/(British English) in the city centre enjoy/​like the hectic pace of life/​the hustle and bustle of city life cope with the stress/​pressure of urban life get caught up in the rat race prefer/​seek the anonymity of life in a big city be drawn by/​resist the lure of the big city head for the bright lights (of the big city/​New York) enjoy/​love the vibrant/​lively nightlife have/​be close to all the amenities be surrounded by towering skyscrapers/​a soulless urban sprawl use/​travel by/​rely on (British English) public transport/(North American English) public transportation put up with/​get stuck in/​sit in massive/​huge/​heavy/​endless/​constant traffic jams tackle/​ease/​reduce/​relieve/​alleviate the heavy/​severe traffic congestion be affected/​choked/​damaged by pollutionCountry live in a village/​the countryside/​an isolated area/​a rural backwater/(informal) the sticks enjoy/​like the relaxed/​slower pace of life enjoy/​love/​explore the great outdoors look for/​find/​get/​enjoy a little peace and quiet need/​want to get back/​closer to nature be surrounded by open/​unspoilt/​picturesque countryside escape/​quit/​get out of/​leave the rat race seek/​achieve a better/​healthy work-life balance downshift to a less stressful life seek/​start a new life in the country (British English, informal) up sticks/ (North American English, informal ) pull up stakes and move to/​head for… create/​build/​foster a strong sense of community depend on/​be employed in/​work in agriculture live off/​farm/​work the land tackle/​address the problem of rural unemployment See related entries: House location Word Origin Middle English: from Old French suburbe or Latin suburbium, from sub- ‘near to’ + urbs, urb- ‘city’.Extra examples As soon as we can afford it, we’ll move to the suburbs. For a child from the suburbs, a trip to the city was a great adventure. Many people work in the centre but live in the suburbs. People often prefer to live in the suburbs and commute to work. She’s renting in a suburb of Boston. She’s renting in some grey suburb of Birmingham. The middle-class suburbs are growing fast. out beyond the sprawling suburbs people in the surrounding suburbs and small towns the coastal suburbs of the capital the mostly white suburb of Woodland Beach
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