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 centeredness (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.

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Fails, who’s only in his second movie role here, holds the camera with a calm and centered intensity. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "Review: The Disappointing Blandness of “The Last Black Man in San Francisco”," 5 June 2019 The houses are built of brick or stone, and feature symmetrical, flat facades with a centered front door. Maggie Burch, House Beautiful, "French Provincial Design Has Always Set the Bar For Casual Elegance," 11 Jan. 2019 And having phase-detect AF across the entire viewfinder is a huge help, eliminating any pressure to keep your subject somewhat centered. Chris Welch, The Verge, "Fujifilm X-T3 review: the do-everything camera," 24 Oct. 2018 People may simply have returned to more individualistic, self-centered views of society and the economy. Robert J. Shiller, New York Times, "Once Cut, Corporate Income Taxes Are Hard to Restore," 22 June 2018 But if a conservative nominee is confirmed to replace Kennedy, the closest the court will have to a centered swing voter is Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., experts said. Deanna Paul, Washington Post, "The Supreme Court has faced momentous resignations. Experts say Kennedy’s is unrivaled.," 29 June 2018 Those are their thoughts and their self-centered views. Raisa Bruner, Time, "Taylor Bennett Opens Up With Bold, Buoyant New Single 'Be Yourself'," 6 June 2018 But this year’s robust lineup of women and topical, female-centered events indicates a likely shift in the air. Brandon Yu, San Francisco Chronicle, "Bay Area Book Festival in Berkeley: Literary resistance," 21 Apr. 2018 Those who go to court, though, face a legal system heavily influenced by male-centered views. Youkyung Lee, The Christian Science Monitor, "#MeToo takes off in South Korea, but how far will it go?," 22 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of centered

1829, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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incapable of being surmounted or overcome

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