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n., v. -tred, -tring. Chiefly Brit.
The middle of a two-dimensional shape or area is the part that is furthest from its sides, edges, or boundaries.
Centre is used in a similar way, but it usually refers to a more precise point or position. For example, in mathematics you talk about the centre of a circle, not the 'middle'.
In American English, this word is spelled center.
The middle of a road or river is the part that is furthest from its sides or banks.
The middle of an event or period of time is a period which is halfway between its beginning and its end.
Past participle: centred
|Noun||1.||Centre - a low-lying region in central France|
|2.||centre - an area that is approximately central within some larger region; "it is in the center of town"; "they ran forward into the heart of the struggle"; "they were in the eye of the storm"|
area, country - a particular geographical region of indefinite boundary (usually serving some special purpose or distinguished by its people or culture or geography); "it was a mountainous area"; "Bible country"
financial center - the part of a city where financial institutions are centered
hub - a center of activity or interest or commerce or transportation; a focal point around which events revolve; "the playground is the hub of parental supervision"; "the airport is the economic hub of the area"
inner city - the older and more populated and (usually) poorer central section of a city
medical center - the part of a city where medical facilities are centered
midfield - (sports) the middle part of a playing field (as in football or lacrosse)
seat - a center of authority (as a city from which authority is exercised)
midstream - the middle of a stream
|3.||centre - a point equidistant from the ends of a line or the extremities of a figure|
bight - the middle part of a slack rope (as distinguished from its ends)
bowels - the center of the Earth
center of gravity, centre of gravity - the point within something at which gravity can be considered to act; in uniform gravity it is equal to the center of mass
core - the center of an object; "the ball has a titanium core"
navel point, navel - the center point or middle of something; "the Incas believed that Cuzco was the navel of the universe"
nombril - the center point on a shield
point - the precise location of something; a spatially limited location; "she walked to a point where she could survey the whole street"
core - the central part of the Earth
nucleus - the positively charged dense center of an atom
nucleus - (astronomy) the center of the head of a comet; consists of small solid particles of ice and frozen gas that vaporizes on approaching the sun to form the coma and tail
|4.||centre - a place where some particular activity is concentrated; "they received messages from several centers"|
place, property - any area set aside for a particular purpose; "who owns this place?"; "the president was concerned about the property across from the White House"
nerve center, nerve centre - a center that provides information and control; "the nerve center of the diamond industry is in Amsterdam"
capital - a center that is associated more than any other with some activity or product; "the crime capital of Italy"; "the drug capital of Columbia"
|5.||centre - the sweet central portion of a piece of candy that is enclosed in chocolate or some other covering|
chocolate candy - candy made with chocolate
|6.||centre - the choicest or most essential or most vital part of some idea or experience; "the gist of the prosecutor's argument"; "the heart and soul of the Republican Party"; "the nub of the story"|
essence, heart and soul, inwardness, nitty-gritty, pith, substance, gist, kernel, nub, meat, sum, core, center, heart, marrow
cognitive content, mental object, content - the sum or range of what has been perceived, discovered, or learned
bare bones - (plural) the most basic facts or elements; "he told us only the bare bones of the story"
hypostasis - (metaphysics) essential nature or underlying reality
haecceity, quiddity - the essence that makes something the kind of thing it is and makes it different from any other
quintessence - the purest and most concentrated essence of something
stuff - a critically important or characteristic component; "suspense is the very stuff of narrative"
|7.||centre - the object upon which interest and attention focuses; "his stories made him the center of the party"|
object - the focus of cognitions or feelings; "objects of thought"; "the object of my affection"
conversation piece - something interesting that stimulates conversation
crosshairs - a center of interest; "the war on terrorism has put Saddam Hussein in the crosshairs"
cynosure - something that strongly attracts attention and admiration; "if he was the cynosure of all eyes he didn't notice"
eye-catcher - a striking person or thing that attracts attention
|8.||centre - a cluster of nerve cells governing a specific bodily process; "in most people the speech center is in the left hemisphere"|
neural structure - a structure that is part of the nervous system
auditory center - the part of the brain (in a fold of the cerebral cortex of the temporal lobe on both sides of the brain) that receives impulses from the ear by way of the auditory nerve
olfactory brain, rhinencephalon - a center in the cerebral hemispheres that governs the sense of smell in lower animals; in humans it seems to mediate complex emotional behavior
Broca's area, Broca's center, Broca's convolution, Broca's gyrus, convolution of Broca - the motor speech center in the left hemisphere of the brain in most people
Wernicke's area, Wernicke's center - the auditory word center; located in the posterior part of the superior temporal convolution in most people
superior colliculus - an essential visual center between the retina and the striate cortex
inferior colliculus - an essential auditory center in the midbrain
respiratory center - the center in the medulla oblongata and pons that integrates sensory information about the level of oxygen and carbon dioxide in the blood and determines the signals to be sent to the respiratory muscles
|9.||centre - a building dedicated to a particular activity; "they were raising money to build a new center for research"|
building, edifice - a structure that has a roof and walls and stands more or less permanently in one place; "there was a three-story building on the corner"; "it was an imposing edifice"
burn center - a center where patients with severe burns can be treated
call center, call centre - a center equipped to handle a large volume of telephone calls (especially for taking orders or serving customers)
civic center, community center - a center where the members of a community can gather for social or cultural activities
control center - the operational center for a group of related activities; "the general in command never left the control center"
service club - a recreational center for servicemen
settlement house - a center in an underprivileged area that provides community services
student center - a center for student activities at a college or university
|Verb||1.||centre - move into the center; "That vase in the picture is not centered"|
|2.||centre - direct one's attention on something; "Please focus on your studies and not on your hobbies"|
engross, engulf, steep, soak up, immerse, absorb, plunge - devote (oneself) fully to; "He immersed himself into his studies"
cerebrate, cogitate, think - use or exercise the mind or one's power of reason in order to make inferences, decisions, or arrive at a solution or judgments; "I've been thinking all day and getting nowhere"
rivet - hold (someone's attention); "The discovery of the skull riveted the paleontologists"
recall - cause one's (or someone else's) thoughts or attention to return from a reverie or digression; "She was recalled by a loud laugh"
think - focus one's attention on a certain state; "Think big"; "think thin"
zoom in - examine closely; focus one's attention on; "He zoomed in on the book"
centrecenter (US) [ˈsentəʳ]
in the centre → en el centro
the man at the centre of the controversy → el hombre sobre el que gira la polémica
the centre of attention → el centro de atención
the centre of attraction → el centro de atracción
a centre of intrigue → un centro de intrigas
centre forward N (Sport) → (delantero/a m/f) centro mf
centre of gravity N → centro m de gravedad
centre party N (Pol) → partido m centrista
centre spread N (Brit) (Press) → páginas fpl centrales
centre stage N (Theat) → centro m del escenario
to take centre stage → adquirir protagonismo, pasar a un primer plano
centrecenter [ˈsɛntər] (US)
to be at the centre of sth (= of key importance to) → être au cœur de qch
centre, (US) center
centre, (US) center:
centrecenter (Am) [ˈsɛntəʳ]
centre(American) center (ˈsentə) noun
centre→ وَسَط střed center Zentrum κέντρο centro keskus centre središte centro 中心 중심 centrum sentrum centrum centro центр mitt ศูนย์กลาง merkez trung tâm 中心
- What's the best way to get to the downtown area? (US)
What's the best way to get to the city centre? (UK)
- How do I get to the center of ...? (US)
How do I get to the centre of ...? (UK)
- How far are we from the downtown area? (US)
How far are we from the town centre? (UK)
- Please take me to the conference center (US)
Please take me to the conference centre (UK)
- Please take me to the downtown area (US)
Please take me to the city centre (UK)