cen·​tered | \ ˈsen-tərd How to pronounce centered (audio) , ˈse-nərd \

Definition of centered

1 : having a center often used in combination a dark-centered coneflower
2 : having a center of curvature often used in combination a 3-centered arch
3 : emotionally stable and secure

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Other Words from centered

centeredness \ ˈsen-​tərd-​nəs How to pronounce centered (audio) , ˈse-​nərd-​ \ noun

Examples of centered in a Sentence

She struggled with depression for years, but she's more centered now and able to live a full life.
Recent Examples on the Web This is what sociologists call an MCMR — a multi-centered metropolitan region. Alison Medley, Chron, "What will Houston look like in a post-pandemic world?," 2 Feb. 2021 Designing a collection during the whirlwind of 2020 meant finding ways to stay centered and creative while living with the coronavirus pandemic’s realities. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Adwoa Aboah On Designing Her New John Hardy Collection from Home," 15 Jan. 2021 In Europe previously, Gimbutas hypothesized, men and women held relatively equal places in a peaceful, female-centered, goddess-worshipping society—as evidenced by the famous fertility figurines of the time. Douglas Preston, The New Yorker, "The Skeletons at the Lake," 7 Dec. 2020 To feel more centered, take a meditative spin around the labyrinth, behind the sculpture garden. Washington Post, "Delaware’s new driving trail features Instagram-worthy murals by (mostly) local artists," 6 Nov. 2020 Put your hands together in a prayer position as a centered and balanced pose to keep the center of gravity in between the right and left side. Stephanie Mansour, CNN, "This 5-minute workout will tone and tighten your butt," 7 Oct. 2020 This imaginative, female-centered take on Dracula is perfectly timed for this year’s Halloween season. Christian Holub,, "The best new comics to read in October: Spooky season is here," 6 Oct. 2020 Stay centered and non-reactive even if someone pushes your buttons. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, "Horoscope for Sept. 23, 2020: Virgo, skip major purchases; Sagittarius, stay on top of trends," 23 Sep. 2020 Keep your cool, stay moderate and centered, and avoid reacting with impulsive actions or knee-jerk retorts. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, "Horoscope for August 22, 2020: Happy birthday James Corden; Aquarius, be sensible with money," 22 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of centered

1829, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of centered was in 1829

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18 Feb 2021

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“Centered.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of centered

: mainly concerned about or involved with something specified
: having a specified kind of center
: emotionally healthy and calm

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