cen·​tric | \ ˈsen-trik How to pronounce centric (audio) \

Definition of centric

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : located in or at a center : central a centric point
2 : concentrated about or directed to a center a centric activity
3 : of, relating to, or having a centromere
4 : of, relating to, or resembling an order (Centrales) of radially symmetrical diatoms

Definition of -centric (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : having (such) a center or (such or so many) centers polycentric
2 : having (something specified) as its center heliocentric

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Other Words from centric


centrically \ ˈsen-​tri-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce -centric (audio) \ adverb

Examples of centric in a Sentence

Adjective combining form The solar system is heliocentric, meaning that the sun is at its center.
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The initiative isn’t perfect, but the act of codifying standards shows the Academy’s positive trajectory toward diversity, equity, and inclusion beyond tokenism, as well as its acknowledgement of its white male–centric past. Jeremy Hsing, Fortune, "Oscar nominations are less white this year—but the Academy still has a long way to go," 24 Apr. 2021 Users rate locations on a pup-centric system of dog bones instead of stars, with five bones being the highest rating. Washington Post, "Planning an RV trip? Download these apps before you hit the road.," 22 Apr. 2021 The New York-centric scope of the exhibit helped narrow down the selection, although there was still plenty to sift through. Françoise Mouly, The New Yorker, "Bruce McCall’s “Rebuilding”," 19 Apr. 2021 These companies must transform into digital enterprises with a software-centric approach to their core design, development and aftermarket strategies. Raman Mehta, Forbes, "How To Thrive In The Tesla Era: A Practitioner CIO's Hands-On Recipe (Part 2)," 19 Apr. 2021 Gibbons’ campaign used stock video filmed in Russia and Ukraine in his nearly three-minute America-centric pitch. Laura Hancock, cleveland, "John Boehner shares Ohio stories, memories in new book: Capitol Letter," 15 Apr. 2021 The cookware-centric retailer is currently offering up to 50 percent off select cookware, kitchen tools, knives and more. Ambar Pardilla, NBC News, "Sur La Table sale 2021: Best deals on kitchen necessities," 7 Apr. 2021 TxDOT posted Baylor-centric messages Monday, Waco’s KWTX Channel 10 reported. Chuck Carlton, Dallas News, "Baylor-Gonzaga quick hits: Bears mute Jalen Suggs in first half; Mark Few praises Scott Drew," 5 Apr. 2021 The theme park has more food kiosks representing countries from around the world yet maintains the New Orleans-centric theme. Dewayne Bevil, orlandosentinel.com, "Universal Studios extends Mardi Gras again," 5 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of centric


circa 1593, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for centric


Greek kentrikos of the center, from kentron

Adjective combining form

Medieval Latin -centricus, from Latin centrum center

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The first known use of centric was circa 1593

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27 Apr 2021

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“Centric.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/centric. Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of -centric

: having (something) at the center
: having (something) as a central interest, influence, subject, etc.


cen·​tric | \ ˈsen-trik How to pronounce centric (audio) \

Medical Definition of centric

1 : of or relating to a nerve center
2 : of, relating to, or having a centromere
3 of dental occlusion : involving spatial relationships such that all teeth of both jaws meet in a normal manner and forces exerted by the lower on the upper jaw are perfectly distributed in the dental arch

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