precinct

noun
1 (BrE) commercial area where cars cannot go
ADJECTIVE
shopping

the £1.3-million redevelopment of the shopping precinct

pedestrian
town-centre
2 (AmE) police district; a police station
ADJECTIVE
police

He was handcuffed and taken down to the police precinct.

17th, 102nd, etc.
local

I went down to my local precinct to make a report.

PRECINCT + NOUN
house

He wrote yesterday from a police precinct house in New Orleans.

commander

The former Queens precinct commander has slashed crime.

3 (AmE) part of a town or city for elections
ADJECTIVE
key, targeted

Campaigners walked door-to-door in targeted precincts.

Democratic, Republican
African-American, Hispanic, etc.
VERB + PRECINCT
walk

Did you walk your precinct on the day of the vote?

target

Republicans have targeted precincts throughout the country.

PRECINCT + NOUN
caucus

A number of issues will be discussed at the precinct caucus.

captain, chairman, committeeman

The precinct captains were able to round up 6 000 volunteers.

returns

The precinct returns show that the support received by both men was remarkable.

PREPOSITION
in precinct

You can register to vote in your precinct by showing proof of residence.

PHRASES
the precinct level

We're literally organizing leadership down to the precinct level.

4 area around a building
ADJECTIVE
sacred

the sacred precinct of Apollo

inner, outer
abbey, castle, palace, shrine, temple, etc.
VERB + PRECINCT
enter

It was forbidden to enter the temple precincts.

PREPOSITION
in precinct

The event was held in the precincts of the parish church.

within precinct

He took up residence in chambers within the precinct of a monastery.


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