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 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

MetroHealth sees improving the community’s overall health and wellness as central to its mission. Leila Atassi, cleveland.com, "MetroHealth’s Buckeye Health Center to feature wraparound services, social support for patients on poverty’s edge," 7 June 2019 During Trooping the Colour, the regiments carry the Queen’s colors – resplendent in crimson silk and a union flag design with a central gold circle bearing the regiment’s name – along with their own regimental colors. PEOPLE.com, "It's the Most Royal Day of the Year! Everything You Need to Know About Trooping the Colour," 7 June 2019 Madison writer Galligan has created an exceptional novel set in a central Wisconsin populated with struggling families, foreclosed farms and deep-seated corruption. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "9 mysteries and thrillers to give you an adrenaline rush this summer," 7 June 2019 The central characters in this sad and funny book are recognizable not as easily boxed, felonious stereotypes but as complex, flesh-and-blood human beings. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "Much deeper, weirder and more interesting than ‘Florida Man’," 7 June 2019 The public safety town halls are scheduled for the western part of the county on June 19, the eastern part of the county on June 24, and the central part of the county on June 25. Cody Boteler, baltimoresun.com, "Baltimore County plans town halls on public safety, opioids," 6 June 2019 But Curry’s central role in the victory, and in leading Golden State to a 6-1 record since Durant was lost to injury, must not be overlooked or understated. Ben Golliver, The Denver Post, "As Warriors’ injuries mount, Stephen Curry is picking up more of the slack," 5 June 2019 That’s not unusual among cities, where such institutions typically cluster in the central part of a city. John Gallagher, Detroit Free Press, "How downtown Detroit's taxes work and who really pays them," 4 June 2019 KW Ventures operates Firefly dispensaries in the central part of the state. Sam Wood, https://www.inquirer.com, "Big marijuana firms are ‘rolling up’ local dispensaries and growers, skirting Pennsylvania’s laws," 4 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Kraenzlin told him that Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru, then under construction, would have an on-site marine research center that could serve as command central for Stevens’s research. Alexandra Kirkman, Fortune, "These Sea Creatures Are Another Big Reason to Go to the Maldives," 8 June 2019 The quake hit central Sulawesi and a tsunami warning was issued. Fox News, "Powerful earthquake strikes Indonesia," 28 Sep. 2018 Amid all the authoritative aspects of SFB’s limpid dancing, Sasha De Sola’s wondrous performance of the central of the dance’s five leading women deserves special mention. Robert Greksovic, WSJ, "Dance as the Heart of the City," 7 Nov. 2018 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

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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)

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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