central

adjective
cen·​tral | \ ˈsen-trəl How to pronounce central (audio) \

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

Other Words from central

Adjective

centrally \ ˈsen-​trə-​lē How to pronounce central (audio) \ 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 See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The shortages have spread in recent weeks as heavy fighting has shifted mostly to the east and life has started returning to something like normal in central and western Ukraine. Washington Post, 10 May 2022 Meanwhile, air raid sirens sounded in cities across the country on Wednesday night, and attacks were reported near Kyiv, the capital; in Cherkasy and Dnipro in central Ukraine; and in Zaporizhzhia in the southeast. Celina Tebor, USA TODAY, 5 May 2022 Air raid sirens sounded in cities across the country on Wednesday night, and attacks were reported near Kyiv, the capital; in Cherkasy and Dnipro in central Ukraine; and in Zaporizhzhia in the southeast. Jon Gambrell And Cara Anna, Chicago Tribune, 4 May 2022 In the Jemez Mountains east of Los Alamos, another wildfire spanning 12 square miles crept in the direction of Bandelier National Monument, which closed its backcountry hiking trails as a precaution while central visiting areas remained open. Arkansas Online, 30 Apr. 2022 Also Friday, two towns in central Ukraine’s Dnipropetrovsk region were hit by Russian rockets, the regional governor said. David Keyton, Inna Varenytsia, Anchorage Daily News, 30 Apr. 2022 Alina Kushnir, 35, from Kropyvnytskyi in central Ukraine, has been living in the expo center since the beginning of March with her four children, her sister and her parents. Lauren Egan, NBC News, 30 Apr. 2022 Despite the fighting, some parts of Ukraine, in particular central and western areas, have maintained a relative sense of normality amid air-raid sirens as residents remain on alert of war. Los Angeles Times, 28 Apr. 2022 Russian missiles struck railroad targets in central Ukraine. WSJ, 26 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Reactions to their antics are part of the massive PR machination central to their relevancy and economic status. Lovia Gyarkye, The Hollywood Reporter, 12 Apr. 2022 The designation ensures independent federal oversight of cleanup of some 262 acres of Bradford Island, the central of three islands in the Columbia comprising the hydroelectric dam near Cascade Locks. oregonlive, 17 Mar. 2022 Indiana was on the second night of a back-to-back after winning at San Antonio on Saturday night and lost two hours of recovery time due to switching from the central to eastern time zone and daylight savings. James Boyd, The Indianapolis Star, 14 Mar. 2022 Below normal precipitation - central to southern Rockies, Great Plains, Florida, and the Southwest (first three months). Marshall Shepherd, Forbes, 19 Oct. 2021 Even a persona as dazzling as Lil Nas X makes biographical show-and-tell central. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, 29 Sep. 2021 Former President Barack Obama made Youngkin's integrity and his ties to the Trump base of the Republican Party central to his rebuke of the Republican, questioning a disconnect between his public and private personas. Dan Merica, CNN, 30 Oct. 2021 The analytics-heavy Giants cited intangibles and chemistry for their success all season, with Crawford central to that. Susan Slusser, San Francisco Chronicle, 18 Nov. 2021 By definition, nonprofits operate with a collective public or social benefit central to their efforts. Scott Dolan, Forbes, 2 Nov. 2021 See More

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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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The first known use of central was in 1623

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central

adjective
cen·​tral | \ ˈsen-trəl How to pronounce central (audio) \

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 How to pronounce central (audio) \

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 How to pronounce central (audio) \ adverb

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