1. A division of an area, as for administrative purposes.
2. A region or locality marked by a distinguishing feature: went to the lake district for their vacation.
tr.v. dis·trict·ed, dis·trict·ing, dis·tricts
To mark off or divide into districts.
[French, from Old French, from Medieval Latin districtus, from Latin, past participle of distringere, to hinder; see DISTRAIN.]
district·wide adv. & adj.
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