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 In central prisons, there should always be one doctor available, according to it. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz India, "Some Indian states have more than twice as many prisoners than they can house," 7 Nov. 2019 Much of the United States—including major cities in the central, eastern, and southern parts of the country—will experience bitter cold conditions beginning this week, AccuWeather reports. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "AccuWeather Predicts Bitter Cold Temperatures Are About to Take Over the U.S.," 6 Nov. 2019 The region, known as the Abrolhos Bank, shelters almost 9000 square kilometers of reefs in shallow, warm waters along the central part of the Brazilian coastline. Herton Escobar, Science | AAAS, "Mysterious oil spill threatens marine biodiversity haven in Brazil," 4 Nov. 2019 The central figure of villainy in the film is Moses Randolph (Alec Baldwin), an imperious tycoon and the head of several city-planning departments who is quite obviously inspired by the real-life New York figure of infamy Robert Moses. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Motherless Brooklyn Is a Passion Project Without Heart," 31 Oct. 2019 When their workday wraps up around 6 p.m., Gold and Williams motor home to frolic with their dogs, which have been a central part of their lives—and brand—since day one. Tim Mckeough, ELLE Decor, "Iconic Furniture Brand Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams Celebrates Its 30th Anniversary," 28 Oct. 2019 Crucially, the choir is central here; one segment focuses exclusively, and in cherishing fashion, on the face of one female member. Jon Caramanica, New York Times, "Kanye West, Heretic by Nature, Finds God," 27 Oct. 2019 Holy mountain and white charger have long played a central part in the Kim family’s propaganda. The Economist, "Beware North Korea’s petulance and propaganda," 24 Oct. 2019 The congressman chaired the high-profile House Committee on Oversight and Reform, which made him a central figure in frequent battles with President Donald Trump over access to documents and testimonies. Lillian Reed, baltimoresun.com, "Rep. Elijah Cummings signed subpoenas hours before death, congresswoman says," 18 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun That’s because Richmond is essentially Cantonese restaurant central with nearly a third of its 800 or so restaurants being Chinese, according to the city’s tourism board. Elyse Inamine, Bon Appétit, "The 8 Cantonese Restaurants That Make Me Want to Move to Canada," 7 Nov. 2019 Temperatures by Friday morning will fall into the 30s in north, central and parts of south Alabama and the 40s near the coast. Leigh Morgan, al, "A few severe storms possible in Alabama today into Thursday," 30 Oct. 2019 Poldark's final season airs Sunday nights on Masterpiece PBS at 9 p.m. / 8 central. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "The One Thing Aidan Turner Took from the Poldark Set," 29 Sep. 2019 The hospital’s chief medical officer, Brad Spellberg, said the facility’s central sterile processing room has suffered severe water damage and mold contamination. San Diego Union-Tribune, "LA hospital puts some surgeries on hold after mold found," 26 Sep. 2019 San Francisco’s Financial District is quick-service-restaurant central, filled with long lines, terrible puns, and limp salads. Cassandra Landry, Bon Appétit, "The Little Things: A Design Tour of San Francisco’s Rustic-Modern Wine Bar, Verjus," 10 June 2019 Yu said, and proceeded to school me in the balancing and harmonizing of flavors ⁠— a tenet central to Chinese cooking. Los Angeles Times, "The ultimate mapo tofu recipe has a California twist," 19 Aug. 2019 Bradford Beach is volleyball central in the summer. Travel Wisconsin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Visit Milwaukee and Wisconsin this summer, before the world does in 2020," 14 July 2019 The survey indicated that pheasant numbers grew in south-central and east-central Minnesota, and the highest numbers are in west-central and south-central Minnesota. USA TODAY, "Rare elephant calf, two-headed rattlesnake, another quake off Oregon: News from around our 50 states," 6 Sep. 2019

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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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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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