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

Definition of centered

1 : having a center often used in combinationa dark-centered coneflower
2 : having a center of curvature often used in combinationa 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.
Recent Examples on the Web The silver lining is that a crisis drives innovation and patient centered care. Dr. Laura Esserman, Time, "How to Think About Your Cancer Care in the Time of COVID-19," 28 Apr. 2020 From this centered position, slowly rotate your hips to lower your legs to one side until your feet or knees almost touch the ground, then reverse the movement back to center and repeat on the other side for one repetition. Hayden Carpenter, Outside Online, "An Alpinist's Do-Anywhere Bodyweight Workout," 6 Apr. 2020 Seattle restaurant owner David Leong has prescribed himself kung fu to stay centered and ginseng tea to strengthen his immune system, plus a positive attitude. Jessica Guynn, USA TODAY, "Small businesses and coronavirus: Worry spreading quickly through Seattle as outbreak hurts sales," 6 Mar. 2020 While cases have spiked alarmingly in Japan -- to over 900 -- most still remain centered around the Diamond Princess cruise ship, which began disembarkation last week after a 14-day quarantine. James Griffiths, CNN, "Novel coronavirus sparks massive US stock market losses as cases spread worldwide," 28 Feb. 2020 The majority of the cases and deaths remain centered in China. CBS News, "U.S. stocks drop after Apple warns of financial hit from coronavirus," 18 Feb. 2020 Brendan is a self-centered world traveler who is good at getting by on his father's money and is often the voice of reason. Lesley Goldberg, Billboard, "Harry Shum Jr., Katie Findlay Set to Star in TV Series Inspired by John Mayer Song," 7 Mar. 2019 Ski Butlers services 50 resorts in 21 ski areas across the globe, largely centered on western U.S. including Colorado, California and Idaho. Michael Frank, WSJ, "Why You Should Never Buy Ski Gear Again," 7 Feb. 2020 The upgrade places Super Cruise in the same sphere as Tesla's Autopilot, which can also change lanes with a tap of the signal, stay centered, brake and accelerate on its own. Nathan Bomey, USA TODAY, "Soon your Cadillac will change lanes hands-free with upgraded Super Cruise system," 28 Jan. 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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28 May 2020

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“Centered.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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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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