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

Williams was central to the wedding, as his daughter Theodora Rose served as one of Princess Eugenie's bridesmaids. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, "Rumors From Inside Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank's Royal Wedding Party," 13 Oct. 2018 And unfortunately, knowing those dynamics might be central to solving the case of who killed two young girls in Wind Gap. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "Pointed Observations About Sharp Objects Episode 2," 16 July 2018 Nebergall was one of three deputies who responded after 5 a.m. to the woman’s residence at the Casa Del Monte Mobile Home Park in the central part of the county. Marc Freeman, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Deputy tells jury he never touched woman sexually during on-duty encounter," 12 July 2018 My travels have taken me to Botswana to track lions and central India in search of tigers. Andrew Evans, chicagotribune.com, "Feel the pull of the prairie on a uniquely American safari in Montana," 5 July 2018 In March, Sandeep Sharma, another journalist, was crushed to death by a garbage truck in Madhya Pradesh state in central India. Ashok Sharma, Fox News, "Media watchdog urges India to protect journalists," 4 July 2018 In March, Sandeep Sharma, another journalist, was crushed to death by a garbage truck in Madhya Pradesh state in central India. Washington Post, "Media watchdog urges India to protect journalists," 4 July 2018 With Trump expected to announce his nominee next week, the issue should be a central part of any confirmation process, said Howard University law school dean Danielle Holley-Walker. Eric Tucker, Houston Chronicle, "Trump revokes Obama policy using race in school admissions," 3 July 2018 With Trump expected to announce his nominee next week, the issue should be a central part of any confirmation process, said Howard University law school dean Danielle Holley-Walker. Eric Tucker, The Seattle Times, "US to stop encouraging race as factor in school admissions," 3 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 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

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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

Other Words from central

centrally \ -​trə-​lē \ adverb

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