central

adjective
cen·​tral | \ ˈsen-trəl \

Definition of central 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : containing or constituting a center
2 : of primary importance : essential, principal the central character of the novel
3a : situated at, in, or near the center the central part of the state
b : easily accessible from outlying districts a central location for the new theater
4a : centrally placed and superseding separate scattered units central heating
b : controlling or directing local or branch activities the central committee
5 : holding to a middle between extremes : moderate
6 : of, relating to, or comprising the brain and spinal cord also : originating within the central nervous system central deafness

central

noun

Definition of central (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a telephone exchange or operator
2 : a central office or bureau usually controlling others weather central
3 : a center or hub for a specified activity or group her house is party central the family room becomes kid central

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Other Words from central

Adjective

centrally \ ˈsen-​trə-​lē \ adverb

Examples of central in a Sentence

Adjective

The house has four rooms and a central chimney. City planners are looking for a central location for the new hospital. The evidence was central to the defense's case. The country's schools are financed by both local and central governments. The central authority of the company's board is being challenged.

Noun

Our family room becomes kid central on weekends. a health club that has become dating central for singles in the area
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Reproductive healthcare and reproductive rights are central to women’s ability to control their destiny, to maintain their economic independence, and their family life. Rebecca Nelson, Marie Claire, "2019's Barrier-Breaking Politicians Get to Work," 3 Jan. 2019 Calibration issues are being examined along with pilot actions and the new automated flight-control system that investigators have indicated was central to the crash. Ben Otto, WSJ, "Maintenance Lapse Identified as Initial Problem Leading to Lion Air Crash," 25 Dec. 2018 The three-stage weapon launches from an underground silo on North Base en route to a predetermined target in the central Pacific Ocean near the Kwajalein Atoll. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: Japan chasing SpaceX, missile-test failure, Russian trolling," 3 Aug. 2018 The Trumps are to spend the evening at the U.S. ambassador’s official residence in central London, where new fences and counter-terrorism concrete barricades have been installed ahead of the visit. Christina Boyle, latimes.com, "When Trump visits Britain, thousands of demonstrators plan to show him some resistance," 11 July 2018 Because the insurance mandate was central to the law, the whole law must be invalidated, the judge ruled. Stephanie Armour, WSJ, "States Ask for Clarity on Judge’s Ruling on Affordable Care Act," 17 Dec. 2018 Those fleeting interactions have been central to investigations. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "New Research Might Locate Flight MH370—And Solve One of the Greatest Aviation Mysteries of All Time," 7 Dec. 2018 In the eight years since its founding WeWork has become the largest private-sector occupier of offices in central London, and the second-largest in Manhattan. The Economist, "Big corporates’ quest to be hip is helping WeWork," 12 July 2018 The biggest protests will be on Friday, when tens of thousands of people are expected to march through central London and converge on the iconic Trafalgar Square. CBS News, "Trump's London stay met by protesters," 12 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The quake hit central Sulawesi and a tsunami warning was issued. Fox News, "Powerful earthquake strikes Indonesia," 28 Sep. 2018 Amid all the authoritative aspects of SFB’s limpid dancing, Sasha De Sola’s wondrous performance of the central of the dance’s five leading women deserves special mention. Robert Greksovic, WSJ, "Dance as the Heart of the City," 7 Nov. 2018 In May, six black rhinos were moved from South Africa to Chad, restoring the species to the country in north-central Africa nearly half a century after it was wiped out there. Khaled Kazziha, Fox News, "7 endangered rhinos die in Kenya relocation bid: Official," 13 July 2018 De Gea made a crucial error in Spain's opener against Portugal, letting a central, albeit powerful shot by Cristiano Ronaldo, through his grasp. SI.com, "Spain Fans Want David De Gea Axed Following Calamitous Error Against Portugal," 18 June 2018 At night, the resort's Casino Arizona is gambling central. Dawn Gilbertson, azcentral, "Best Phoenix, Scottsdale summer hotel and resort deals for 2018," 15 May 2018 The heatwave has also reached central and northern India. Sophia Saifi And Jessie Yeung, CNN, "Heatwave kills at least 65 in Pakistan," 22 May 2018 Talking Stick Resort Summer scene: Pool party central, especially on Saturdays when the resort holds its raucous Release Pool Party with live entertainment. Dawn Gilbertson, azcentral, "Best Phoenix, Scottsdale summer hotel and resort deals for 2018," 15 May 2018 When asked why Chicago was the most logical city for a third location, Burt cited the artistic culture central to the city. Audrey Gorden, RedEye Chicago, "Get creative at House of Vans Chicago with free concerts, beer and skateboarding lessons," 3 July 2017

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First Known Use of central

Adjective

1623, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Noun

1883, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for central

Adjective

borrowed from Latin centrālis, from centrum center entry 1 + -ālis -al entry 1

Noun

derivative of central entry 1

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central

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of central

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: in the middle of something : located in the center of a thing or place

: main or most important

: controlling all other parts : having power over the other parts

central

noun

English Language Learners Definition of central (Entry 2 of 2)

: a place where an activity takes place or a group meets : a place that is a center for an activity or group

central

adjective
cen·​tral | \ ˈsen-trəl \

Kids Definition of central

:
1 : located or placed at, in, or near the center central Australia
2 : most important : chief The central character of the story is an orphan.

Other Words from central

centrally adverb

central

adjective
cen·​tral | \ ˈsen-trəl \

Medical Definition of central 

1 : of or concerning the centrum of a vertebra
2a : of, relating to, or comprising the brain and spinal cord
b : originating within the central nervous system : caused by factors originating in the central nervous system central precocious puberty
3 : affecting or involving the trunk of the body and especially the abdomen central adiposity

Other Words from central

centrally \ -​trə-​lē \ adverb

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