An urban centre VS a central urban area

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Kacy.H

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Chinese
Hello, everyone
Can you tell me why "an urban centre" is not synonymous with "a central urban area".

e.g. Overpopulation in many urban centers around the world is a major problem.


Thanks
 
  • Andygc

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    British English
    The meanings overlap, but for me an urban centre is a town. A central urban area is the middle of a town.
     

    Andygc

    Senior Member
    British English
    A city centre is the centre of a city, so you could call it a central urban area. A city is a type of town, so a city is an urban centre.
     

    Andygc

    Senior Member
    British English
    A town centre = the centre of a town.
    A city centre = the centre of a city.

    A centre of population = a location where there is a concentration of people who are resident.
    An urban centre = a centre of population which is urban in nature.
     

    Kacy.H

    Senior Member
    Chinese
    A town centre = the centre of a town.
    A city centre = the centre of a city.

    A centre of population = a location where there is a concentration of people who are resident.
    An urban centre = a centre of population which is urban in nature.
    Thanks. I will take note.
     

    Kacy.H

    Senior Member
    Chinese
    A town centre = the centre of a town.
    A city centre = the centre of a city.

    A centre of population = a location where there is a concentration of people who are resident.
    An urban centre = a centre of population which is urban in nature.
    What's about "conurbation"?

    Wikipedia says "A conurbation is a region comprising a number of cities, large towns, and other urban areas that, through population growth and physical expansion, have merged to form one continuous urban or industrially developed area."

    So, does it a good synonym of "urban centers"?

    context:Overpopulation in many urban centers around the world is a major problem.

    Many many Thanks
     

    Edinburgher

    Senior Member
    German/English bilingual
    So, does it a good synonym of "urban centers"?
    You seem not to have understood the difference between centre and area. A centre is the middle of something, an area (in this context) is the whole thing.

    If you had asked whether you could consider conurbation and urban area to by synonyms, then we could simply say that they are kind of "one-way" synonyms, but when that is the case, we don't call them synonyms.

    Although every father is a man, not every man is a father, so father and man are not synonyms.
    Your example is similar. Every conurbation is an urban area, but not every urban area is a conurbation.
     
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