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

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Adjective

centrally \ ˈsen-​trə-​lē How to pronounce centrally (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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Clean energy was central to Biden’s campaign and his promise to fund renewable sources like solar and wind would make charging stations more likely to deliver zero-emission energy. Paul A. Eisenstein, NBC News, "What Biden means for the auto industry, from dirty jobs to clean air," 16 Nov. 2020 And yet, the early days of their courtship are central to the latest season of The Crown, which hits Netflix today (15 November). Anne Cohen, refinery29.com, "How Accurate Is The Crown’s Portrayal Of Prince Charles & Princess Diana’s First Meeting?," 15 Nov. 2020 What has been central to the pick-up in exports is the strong overseas demand fueled by economic stimulus packages in the US and Europe. Prathamesh Mulye, Quartz India, "The Indian economy is still recovering from the damage of the Covid-19 lockdowns," 15 Nov. 2020 There were no long-lasting changes to Nneji’s physical condition, but her cousin’s commitment and support nevertheless aided her emotional healing; and the spirit of support is central to her work. Enuma Okoro, Vogue, "In the Art of Tonia Nneji and Zohra Opoku, Poignant Narratives of Healing," 13 Nov. 2020 No one in the Obama administration was more central to the efforts to revive the economy than Biden. Chris Isidore, CNN, "Biden was at the center of efforts to save economy in 2009. What that means this time," 13 Nov. 2020 The company makes chips that are central to the buildout of 5G worldwide. Shawn Tully, Fortune, "The 21 best stocks to buy for 2021," 20 Nov. 2020 Testing in schools will be central to reopening, but other than that the city and state have not come together to come up with a plan. CBS News, "Indoor dining and gyms likely to close in "next week or two," NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio says," 19 Nov. 2020 Marsh said mask-wearing is so central to controlling the outbreak that 90 percent compliance would have a greater impact on slowing the spread of the virus than would the arrival of a vaccine. Isaac Stanley-becker, Anchorage Daily News, "Adopting mask mandates, some Republican governors give up the gospel of personal responsibility," 18 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Some locations in the central to southern part of the Willamette Valley are also experiencing fog and temperatures near freezing, which could make for a hazardous drive, according to the National Weather Service. oregonlive, "Portland Friday weather: Westside fog clears mid-morning, then mostly sunny; high 51," 20 Nov. 2020 The diminishing water table in California's central and Salinas valleys, where most of America's salads originate in industrial-scale farms. Jeff Rowe, Star Tribune, "Review: Why small farms need a reordering of our society," 27 Oct. 2020 Senate Democrats, increasingly resigned to the likely confirmation of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, are making Obamacare’s fate central to their messaging in the confirmation hearings this week. Susan Ferrechio, Washington Examiner, "Democratic strategy: Barrett confirmation could end Obamacare," 12 Oct. 2020 There are a number of coronavirus-conscious ways to celebrate the holiday at home, including turning your own house into Halloween central. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "From 'spooktacular' trees to ghoulish treats, how to do Halloween in (safe!) style in 2020," 12 Oct. 2020 This statement-cum-question homed in on the two central, and in some senses competing, charges that are being levied at the prime minister. Tom Mctague, The Atlantic, "The Unsinkable Boris Johnson," 6 Oct. 2020 Stephan Feldgoise, based in New York, and Mark Sorrell, in London, will take over the group, which is Wall Street’s biggest by revenue and central to Goldman’s reputation as a financial powerhouse. Liz Hoffman, WSJ, "Goldman’s Veteran Deal Makers Pass the Torch to New Leaders," 21 Sep. 2020 The main driver of this hot summer relates to cooler-than-normal waters in the central to eastern tropical Pacific Ocean, indicative of a developing La Niña pattern. Matt Rogers, Washington Post, "2020 was Washington’s 5th-hottest summer on record, with 8 inches more rain than normal," 1 Sep. 2020 The heart of every meal at Nixta is corn, an ingredient central to most Mexican cooking. Sharyn Jackson, Star Tribune, "This northeast Minneapolis takeout spot is making 'perfect' tortillas," 28 Aug. 2020

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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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23 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Central.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/central. Accessed 4 Dec. 2020.

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More Definitions for central

central

adjective
How to pronounce central (audio)

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)

US, informal : 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 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 centrally (audio) \ adverb

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