Center - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈsentər|  American pronunciation of the word center
Brit.  |ˈsentər|  British pronunciation of the word center

noun

- an area that is approximately central within some larger region(syn: centre, eye, heart, middle)
- the piece of ground in the outfield directly ahead of the catcher(syn: centerfield)
- a building dedicated to a particular activity(syn: centre)
- a point equidistant from the ends of a line or the extremities of a figure (syn: centre, midpoint)
- the choicest or most essential or most vital part of some idea or experience (syn: centre, core, essence, gist, heart, inwardness, kernel, marrow, meat, nitty-gritty, nub, pith, substance, sum)
- the object upon which interest and attention focuses(syn: centre)
- a cluster of nerve cells governing a specific bodily process(syn: centre)

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verb

- center upon
- direct one's attention on something (syn: centre, concentrate, focus, pore, rivet)
- move into the center(syn: centre)

adjective

- equally distant from the extremes (syn: halfway, middle, midway)

Examples

The staircase is in the center of the building.

They are at the center of a furious debate over whether or not to expand the city's public transportation system.

The vaccine is being tested at several medical centers around the country.

Center the picture on the wall.

...centered administrative duties under the command of a single person...

Allergic Disease Center

Center for Disease Control

it is in the center of town

he hit the ball to deep center

they were raising money to build a new center for research

his stories made him the center of the party

in most people the speech center is in the left hemisphere

they had to reinforce the center

they received messages from several centers

it is a center's responsibility to get the football to the quarterback

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