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central

adjective cen·tral \ ˈsen-trəl \

Definition of central

1 :containing or constituting a center
2 :of primary importance :essential, principal
  • the central character of the novel
3 a :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
4 a :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

centrally

play \-trə-lē\ adverb

Examples of central in a Sentence

  1. The house has four rooms and a central chimney.

  2. City planners are looking for a central location for the new hospital.

  3. The evidence was central to the defense's case.

  4. The country's schools are financed by both local and central governments.

  5. The central authority of the company's board is being challenged.

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Origin and Etymology of central

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


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central

noun

Definition of central

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

Examples of central in a Sentence

  1. Our family room becomes kid central on weekends.

  2. a health club that has become dating central for singles in the area

Recent Examples of central from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of central

derivative of 1central



CENTRAL Defined for English Language Learners

central

adjective

Definition of central for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of central for English Language Learners

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


CENTRAL Defined for Kids

central

adjective cen·tral \ ˈsen-trəl \

Definition of central for Students

:
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.

centrally

adverb

Medical Dictionary

central

adjective cen·tral \ ˈsen-trəl \

medical Definition of central

1 :of or concerning the centrum of a vertebra
2 a :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

centrally

play \-trə-lē\ adverb


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