verb con·cen·trate \ˈkän(t)-sən-ˌtrāt, -ˌsen-\

: to think about something : to give your attention to the thing you are doing, reading, etc.

: to cause (attention, efforts, strength, etc.) to be used or directed for a single purpose

: to make (something, such as a liquid) stronger by removing water


Full Definition of CONCENTRATE

transitive verb
a :  to bring or direct toward a common center or objective :  focus <concentrate one's efforts>
b :  to gather into one body, mass, or force <power was concentrated in a few able hands>
c :  to accumulate (a toxic substance) in bodily tissues <fish concentrate mercury>
a :  to make less dilute <concentrate syrup>
b :  to express or exhibit in condensed form
intransitive verb
:  to draw toward or meet in a common center
:  to focus one's powers, efforts, or attention <concentrate on a problem>
con·cen·trat·ed·ly \-ˌtrā-təd-lē; ˌkän(t)-sən-ˈtrā-\ adverb
con·cen·tra·tive \-ˌtrā-tiv\ adjective


  1. All that noise makes it hard to concentrate.
  2. The student has difficulty concentrating.
  3. The sauce should be simmered for a few minutes to concentrate its flavors.


com- + Latin centrum center
First Known Use: 1641


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: a substance that is made stronger or more pure by removing water

Full Definition of CONCENTRATE

:  something concentrated: as
a :  a mineral-rich product obtained after an initial processing of ore
b :  a food reduced in bulk by elimination of fluid <orange juice concentrate>
:  a feedstuff (as grains) relatively rich in digestible nutrients — compare fiber


  1. a frozen orange juice concentrate
  2. Is this orange juice fresh or is it made from concentrate?

First Known Use of CONCENTRATE


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CONCENTRATE Defined for Kids


verb con·cen·trate \ˈkän-sən-ˌtrāt\

Definition of CONCENTRATE for Kids

:  to focus thought or attention on something
:  to bring or come to or direct toward a common center <Moonlight seemed to concentrate upon the highly-polished steel dome … — Brian Jacques, Redwall>
:  to make stronger or thicker by removing something (as water) <Simmer the sauce to concentrate its flavors.>


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