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 \-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

Another video released on Facebook by the Thai Navy SEALs, who were central to the rescue, showed one of the boys being carried through part of the muddy cave on a stretcher covered by an emergency thermal blanket. Anchorage Daily News, "With V-for-Victory sign, rescued Thai boys celebrate freedom," 12 July 2018 Thailand’s Navy SEALs, who were central to the rescue effort, said on their Facebook page that the remaining four boys and their 25-year-old coach were all brought out safely by early Tuesday evening. BostonGlobe.com, "All 12 boys and their coach rescued from flooded Thailand cave," 10 July 2018 The SEALs, who were central to the rescue effort, said on their Facebook page that the remaining four boys and their 25-year-old coach were all brought out safely Tuesday. Sasha Savitsky, Fox News, "Thai cave rescue movie in early stages as producers arrive on the scene," 10 July 2018 Thailand's Navy SEALs, who were central to the rescue effort, said on their Facebook page that the remaining four boys and their 25-year-old coach were all brought out safely Tuesday. Kaweewit Kaewjinda And Stephen Wright, The Christian Science Monitor, "After 18 days, entire Thai soccer team rescued from cave," 10 July 2018 McAdams and the university agreed the professor's employment contract was central to the case. Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin Supreme Court sides with Marquette professor John McAdams in free speech case, orders university to reinstate him," 6 July 2018 The case was central in a clash between Orange-Osceola State Attorney Aramis Ayala and Gov. Rick Scott after Ayala initially refused to pursue the death penalty for Mapp. Marco Santana, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Murder case that saw Aramis Ayala, Rick Scott clash central to insurance suit," 6 July 2018 The proliferation of the smartphone is central to the crisis. Eric D. Lawrence, Detroit Free Press, "Death on foot: Distracted driving, cell phones seen as factors," 28 June 2018 Experts say the World Cup is a central component of a plan not only to develop the country physically, but also to increase its name recognition on the global stage. Andrew Keh, New York Times, "The 2022 World Cup Plants Some Trees and Prepares to Step Into the Spotlight," 12 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 Everything that happens to [the central] character happened to me. Tim Smith, baltimoresun.com, "Pulitzer winners, classic Oscar Wilde slated for Everyman Theatre's 2018-2019 season," 1 May 2018 The German legend has been key to Chicago's central midfield since joining the club last season. Jamie Goldberg, OregonLive.com, "Portland Timbers travel to face Chicago Fire: Players to watch, TV channel," 30 Mar. 2018

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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

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centrally \-trə-lē \ adverb

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