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1. the main city, esp of a country or region; capital
2. the chief see in an ecclesiastical province



(1) In ancient Greece, a city (polis) that had colonies. Although it had no power over its colonies, a metropolis protected them and acted as the arbiter of their disputes.

(2) In the period of colonial conquests, a state that has colonies, usually overseas. The political and legal ties between a metropolis and its colonies vary. Thus, the colony may be a protectorate or a vassal state of the metropolis, or it may be incorporated into the metropolitan power. But essentially, these relations always involve the domination, subjugation, and exploitation of the colonies by the metropolis.

(3) In some states, such as Canada, the central city of a province or region. Sometimes the capital or central city of a state is also called a metropolis.

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Daejeon Metropolitan City, one of Korea's six metropolitan cities, is located in eastern Chunchong Namdo Province.
In addition to providing its guarantees for the yen bonds, Daejeon Metropolitan City has pledged to support the project in various ways under a concession agreement, which includes: (a) the city will offer its guarantee for additional five years to refinance the bonds; (b) the city will undertake all route maintenance and traffic management services at its own expenses and to implement changes to the existing road infrastructure surrounding the expressway so as to enhance the traffic flow along the expressway, including closure of the local roads at their junctions with Section 5; (c) the city will make cash payments to the concession company (Daejeon Riverside Expressway Co.
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Implementing agency : Daegu Metropolitan City Office of Education Daegu Metropolitan City Eastern Office of Education Office Daegu Yulwon Elementary School

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