concentrate

verb
con·​cen·​trate | \ ˈkän(t)-sən-ˌtrāt How to pronounce concentrate (audio) , -ˌsen- \
concentrated; concentrating

Definition of concentrate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to bring or direct toward a common center or objective : focus concentrate one's efforts The lenses concentrate sunlight.
b : to gather into one body, mass, or force Power was concentrated in a few able hands. concentrate the energy of a sound wave
c : to accumulate (a toxic substance) in bodily tissues Fish concentrate mercury.
2a : to make less dilute concentrate syrup
b : to express or exhibit in condensed form

intransitive verb

1 : to draw toward or meet in a common center
2 : gather, collect Cuban immigrants who concentrate in Florida
3 : to focus one's powers, efforts, or attention concentrate on a problem Farmers are concentrating on the wheat harvest.

concentrate

noun

Definition of concentrate (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : something concentrated: such as
a : a mineral-rich product obtained after an initial processing of ore
b : a food reduced in bulk by elimination of fluid orange juice concentrate
2 : a feedstuff (such as grains) relatively rich in digestible nutrients — compare fiber

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Other Words from concentrate

Verb

concentrative \ ˈkän(t)-​sən-​ˌtrā-​tiv How to pronounce concentrative (audio) , -​ˌsen-​ \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for concentrate

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of concentrate in a Sentence

Verb All that noise makes it hard to concentrate. The student has difficulty concentrating. The sauce should be simmered for a few minutes to concentrate its flavors. Noun a frozen orange juice concentrate Is this orange juice fresh or is it made from concentrate?
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The establishment of movements like New Urbanism, which demonized both modern architecture and American urban planning (whether sprawl or urban renewal), further concentrated the ideological zeal towards Old Stuff. Kate Wagner, The New Republic, "Duncing About Architecture," 8 Feb. 2020 The stakes haven't been higher, so will Warren concentrate her fire Sanders? Caitlin Conant, CBS News, "2020 Daily Trail Markers: Candidates prepare for New Hampshire debate," 7 Feb. 2020 Many of these clinics mimic legitimate protocols, extracting patients’ own stem cells (these are called autologous stem cell transplants), elaborately concentrating or modifying the cells, then infusing or injecting them back into the individual. David A. Pearce, STAT, "We need better regulation of stem cell therapies, especially rogue clinics," 6 Feb. 2020 Vela didn't want to fall behind on his schoolwork, but the headaches and nausea made concentrating on anything difficult. Perry Vandell, azcentral, "An unsolved hit-and-run may have ended a Glendale teen's dream of joining the Navy," 30 Jan. 2020 Scenario 2: Summation and Symmetry Consider a hypothetical rigid object that is shaped like a right triangle with virtually all of its mass concentrated at its vertices. Quanta Magazine, "Solution: ‘Natural Law and Elegant Math’," 17 Jan. 2020 Before you get started, Croce suggests warming up with some foam rolling exercises, concentrating specifically on the back muscles. Amy Marturana Winderl, SELF, "An Upper-Body Workout That’s Gentle on Your Shoulders," 11 Jan. 2020 The artist dresses up as a Hong Kong policeman from the British colonial era, holding a Long Range Acoustic Device, or LRAD, a non-lethal sonic weapon, beaming concentrated sound or birdcalls at his audience. Vivienne Chow, Quartz, "Twelve works of art that chart the emotional upheavals of the Hong Kong protests," 31 Dec. 2019 And if the unrelenting worry is accompanied by anxiety symptoms such as irritability, difficulty concentrating, muscle tension, fatigue and poor sleep, that person may be suffering from something called generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). Jelena Kecmanovic, Houston Chronicle, "How to combat constant worry and anxiety," 24 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun According to the report, those living in Illinois are able to have up to 30 grams of cannabis flower, 5 grams of concentrate, and 500 milligrams of THC. Breanna Edwards, Essence, "Illinois Gov. Pardons More Than 11,000 Marijuana Convictions As State Begins Recreational Sales," 2 Jan. 2020 Any complication promised by the truffle aroma or delicate balance of shellfish bits and bobs is washed away by the dominant soy sauce flavor: The cooks have put too much tare (seasoning concentrate) into the bowl. Soleil Ho, SFChronicle.com, "Tsuta’s Michelin-starred ramen loses traction in San Francisco," 16 Jan. 2020 That's popcorn-prose concentrate, the kind of dramatic hyperbole that Star Wars has been coasting on since the very beginning. Isaac Feldberg, Fortune, "What to Watch (and Skip) In Theaters and on Netflix This Weekend," 18 Dec. 2019 Residents will be able to have up to 30 grams of cannabis flower, 5 grams of concentrate and 500 milligrams of THC in products such as edibles. Grace Hauck, USA TODAY, "Legal weed sales are about to begin in Illinois. But some say dispensary owners are too white," 22 Dec. 2019 The concentrates come in sweet-smelling scents and have playful sayings on them. Doreen Christensen, sun-sentinel.com, "Try four of Truman’s eco-friendly cleaners for $5," 3 Oct. 2019 The barite concentrate would be barged separately from Haines to a rail terminal in Prince Rupert, British Columbia, just south of Ketchikan. Author: Elwood Brehmer, Anchorage Daily News, "Southeast Alaska metals prospect has major potential, developers say," 14 June 2019 So much that is left unsaid in daily life about identity, loss and love is said here, distilled into 40-plus poems that read like concentrates of memory and emotion. oregonlive, "Chuck Palahniuk plans Portland book signing for his new memoir-slash-writing workshop," 3 Jan. 2020 Another option is Solliquin, a supplement containing calming natural ingredients like l-theanine (found in green tea), magnolia, phellodendron, and whey protein concentrate. Stephanie Eckelkamp, Good Housekeeping, "9 Tips For Keeping Your Pet Calm And Safe During Fireworks," 30 June 2017

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First Known Use of concentrate

Verb

1628, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Noun

1871, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for concentrate

Verb and Noun

com- + Latin centrum center

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Time Traveler for concentrate

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The first known use of concentrate was in 1628

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17 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Concentrate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/concentrate. Accessed 20 Feb. 2020.

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More Definitions for concentrate

concentrate

verb
How to pronounce concentrate (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of concentrate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to think about something : to give your attention to the thing you are doing, reading, etc.
: to cause (attention, efforts, strength, etc.) to be used or directed for a single purpose
: to make (something, such as a liquid) stronger by removing water

concentrate

noun

English Language Learners Definition of concentrate (Entry 2 of 2)

: a substance that is made stronger or more pure by removing water

concentrate

verb
con·​cen·​trate | \ ˈkän-sən-ˌtrāt How to pronounce concentrate (audio) \
concentrated; concentrating

Kids Definition of concentrate

1 : to focus thought or attention on something
2 : to bring or come to or direct toward a common center Moonlight seemed to concentrate upon the highly-polished steel dome …— Brian Jacques, Redwall
3 : to make stronger or thicker by removing something (as water) Simmer the sauce to concentrate its flavors.

concentrate

verb
con·​cen·​trate | \ ˈkän(t)-sən-ˌtrāt, -ˌsen- How to pronounce concentrate (audio) \
concentrated; concentrating

Medical Definition of concentrate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to bring or direct toward a common center or objective : focus
b : to accumulate (a toxic substance) in bodily tissues fish concentrate mercury
2 : to make less dilute concentrate syrup

intransitive verb

: to fix one's powers, efforts, or attention on one thing concentrate on a problem

Other Words from concentrate

concentrator \ -​ˌtrāt-​ər How to pronounce concentrator (audio) \ noun

concentrate

noun

Medical Definition of concentrate (Entry 2 of 2)

: something prepared by concentration especially : a food reduced in bulk by elimination of fluid orange juice concentrate

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