Uptown vs. Downtown

By Jaxson

  • Downtown

    Downtown is a term primarily used in North America by English-speakers to refer to a city’s commercial, cultural and often the historical, political and geographic heart, and is often synonymous with its central business district (CBD). In British English, the term “city centre” is most often used instead, The two terms are used interchangeably in Canada.

  • Uptown (noun)

    the residential part of a city, away from the commercial center

  • Uptown (adjective)

    In the upper part of a town.

  • Uptown (adverb)

    To or in the upper part of a town.

    “Let’s go uptown and try out that new restaurant.”

  • Downtown (adjective)

    of, relating to, or situated in the central business district

    “John walked everyday to his downtown job.”

  • Downtown (adverb)

    in or towards the central business district

    “You need to go downtown four blocks.”

  • Downtown (adverb)

    Outside the three-point line, or generally far from the basket.

    “That shot came from way downtown!”

  • Downtown (noun)

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

  • Uptown (adjective)

    of, in, or characteristic of the residential area of a town or city

    “uptown Manhattan”

    “an uptown bar”

  • Uptown (adjective)

    of or characteristic of an affluent area or people

    “I don’t pay uptown prices”

  • Uptown (adverb)

    in or into an uptown area

    “he couldn’t get a taxi to take him back uptown”

  • Uptown (noun)

    the uptown area of a town or city

    “Cambridge’s uptown”

  • Downtown (adjective)

    in or relating to the central part or main business and commercial area of a town or city

    “downtown Chicago”

    “a downtown bar”

  • Downtown (adverb)

    in or into a downtown area

    “I drove downtown”

  • Downtown (noun)

    the downtown area of a town or city

    “the heart of Pittsburgh’s downtown”

Oxford Dictionary

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