how to pronounce downtown


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downtown is pronounced in two syllables

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An example use of downtown in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… but this historic economy downtown in less than to month …”

meanings of downtown


  1. In or towards the central business district.
  2. Outside the three-point line, or generally far from the basket.


  1. Of, relating to, or situated in the central business district.


  1. The main business part of a city or town, usually located at or near its center.

downtown frequency in english - B2 level of CEFR

the word downtown occurs in english on average 25.5 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for B2 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics downtown can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that downtown can be often used in the following areas:

1) leisure and entertainment;

2) transport and travel;

words with pronunciation similar to downtown


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