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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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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Contact tracing was central to California’s strategy early in the pandemic. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "Food banks, passing on passports, governors’ shots: News from around our 50 states," 7 Apr. 2021 Maritime forces, including the U.S. Coast Guard, have been central to thus far checking PRC aggression, channeling it into gray-zone operations that stay below the level of combat. Bryan Clark, Forbes, "The Question For Seapower Advocates Is “What Kind Of Navy?”," 6 Apr. 2021 The distinction between off-label use and contraindicated use is central to the Ninth Circuit decision. Jim Spencer And Joe Carlson, Star Tribune, "Federal appeals court rules Medtronic whistleblower suit should proceed," 6 Apr. 2021 Pediatricians are sure to be central to many parental decisions. James Hamblin, The Atlantic, "The Urgency of Vaccinating Kids," 5 Apr. 2021 Former President Donald Trump's interest in Biden's foreign business dealings in Ukraine was central to his first impeachment in 2019. Naomi Lim, Washington Examiner, "Hunter Biden opens up about paternity lawsuit in memoir," 3 Apr. 2021 Women are central to Christ’s story, including Anna, Mary’s mother and Jesus’ grandmother. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Women were the first to witness Christ’s resurrection. Why that still matters to Utah’s female faith leaders.," 3 Apr. 2021 That meant that more supportive education policies were central to the success of the American economy. Benjamin Wallace-wells, The New Yorker, "Biden’s New Deal and the Future of Human Capital," 1 Apr. 2021 Prosecutors didn't hesitate showcasing George Floyd's opioid addiction, a drug struggle that's sure to be central to Derek Chauvin's defense, legal analysts said. NBC News, "Derek Chauvin trial live: Updates on George Floyd's death," 31 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The 2nd Gen Nest Hub is for anyone who wants a smart display that doubles as a speaker, mini-TV, sleep tracker and even smart home command central. Jacob Krol, CNN Underscored, "The new $99 Nest Hub is a great smart display that can track your sleep," 30 Mar. 2021 And the HP Smart app is the command central for the Envy Pro 6455. Jacob Krol, CNN Underscored, "The best printer of 2021," 25 Mar. 2021 The album was a proof of concept, an exploration of the kind of empowerment central to Tate’s music. Jeff Ihaza, Rolling Stone, "How Yung Baby Tate Manifested Her Way to Success," 2 Mar. 2021 Becerra is expected to play a central in broader health care policy issues, such as expanding insurance coverage and trying to curb prescription drug costs. BostonGlobe.com, "GOP working to block Biden’s health care pick; Democrats unfazed," 23 Feb. 2021 The forecast calls for 2 to 5 inches of snow and ice accumulation of one-tenth to three-tenths of an inch across the central to southwestern areas of the southern state. Jamie L. Lareau, Detroit Free Press, "GM idles shifts at 4 factories amid arctic blast; 8,000 workers affected," 16 Feb. 2021 Biden made Trump’s management of the pandemic central to his campaign. W. James Antle Iii, Washington Examiner, "'Things will get worse before they get better': Biden's grim COVID-19 speech offers contrast with Trump," 29 Dec. 2020 In March of 2015, Boko Haram pledged allegiance to ISIS central in Syria and Iraq. David Mckenzie, CNN, "Why can't Nigeria protect its children from Boko Haram?," 17 Dec. 2020 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

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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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10 Apr 2021

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“Central.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/central. Accessed 13 Apr. 2021.

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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)

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 central (audio) \ adverb

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