Centre - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈsentər|  American pronunciation of the word centre
Brit.  |ˈsɛntə|  British pronunciation of the word centre


- a low-lying region in central France
- an area that is approximately central within some larger region (syn: center, eye, heart, middle)
- a point equidistant from the ends of a line or the extremities of a figure (syn: center, midpoint)
- a place where some particular activity is concentrated (syn: center)
- the sweet central portion of a piece of candy that is enclosed in chocolate or some other covering (syn: center)
- the choicest or most essential or most vital part of some idea or experience (syn: center, core, essence, gist, heart, inwardness, kernel, marrow, meat, nitty-gritty, nub, pith, substance, sum)
- the object upon which interest and attention focuses (syn: center)
- a cluster of nerve cells governing a specific bodily process (syn: center)
- a building dedicated to a particular activity (syn: center)


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


This is the business centre of the capital and is no longer residential.

His life's work centred in the search for a cure for the terrible disease.

All our interest centres in our family.

The village centred on its market square.

The children always centred round the teacher at story time.

The conversation centred on the election.

The action of the play centres on the struggle between the two women.

There was an enormous oak table in the center of the room.

The hotel is right in the centre of the village.

Draw a line through the centre of the circle.

It's not exactly a cultural center like Paris.

The city became a centre for the paper industry.

He always seems to be at the centre of things.

The party's new policies show a swing towards the centre.

Her political views are slightly left of centre.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: centre
he/she/it: centres
present participle: centring
past tense: centred
past participle: centred
singular: centre
plural: centres
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