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.



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

Other Words from concentrate


concentrative \ ˈkän(t)-​sən-​ˌtrā-​tiv How to pronounce concentrate (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?
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb On Sunday, record-breaking heat — with temperatures again topping 100 — will mostly concentrate in Texas before the dome of high pressure responsible for the heat balloons toward the Great Lakes as the upcoming week wears on. Washington Post, 8 May 2022 With Chinese military aircraft and naval vessels operating out of a place like the Solomon Islands, China’s rogue sovereignty-eroding fishing fleets can still concentrate and operate with some modicum of safety in the deep Pacific. Craig Hooper, Forbes, 7 May 2022 Firefighters will also concentrate efforts on the northwestern edge of the fire to ensure containment lines hold. Angela Cordoba Perez, The Arizona Republic, 5 May 2022 Having taken a wideout earlier, the Packers can concentrate on the defense. oregonlive, 25 Apr. 2022 But Neal was the Crimson Tide’s right tackle in 2020, and he’ll be paired with Texans left tackle Laremy Tunsil, and 2019 first-round pick Tytus Howard from Monroe County High School and Alabama State can concentrate on playing guard in 2022. Mark Inabinett |, al, 21 Apr. 2022 Poffo instead decided to concentrate on the family business: professional wrestling. David M. Zimmer, USA TODAY, 20 Apr. 2022 Other policies put forward include an American withdrawal from Europe to allow the U.S. to concentrate on its confrontation with China, leaving the EU to deal with Russia. Tom Mctague, The Atlantic, 4 Apr. 2022 Rivers said local governments, health departments and health care providers should concentrate on incentivizing vaccinations when possible and providing high-quality answers to questions. Jonas Shaffer,, 7 Aug. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Other helpful choices include ginger, turmeric, green tea, and cherry juice concentrate. Bryant Stamford, The Courier-Journal, 18 Mar. 2022 Place 2 tablespoons puree or juice concentrate in a small, non-reactive saucepan and sprinkle the gelatin over. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 28 Feb. 2022 Hashish oil, or hash oil, is a marijuana concentrate that has a high concentration of the plant’s main psychoactive ingredient, THC. New York Times, 5 Mar. 2022 There’s sweetness from Riesling grape juice and fig concentrate; herbaceous and citrusy notes thanks to yuzu, lemon balm, and rosemary; and a bitter wallop from gentian root, a flowering Alpine plant showcased in apéritifs like Suze and Salers. Bon Appétit, 15 July 2021 The set comes with ten of the brand’s best-selling Baggage Claim gold eye masks (which leave the under eyes looking brighter), a mini Sight C-er Vitamin C concentrate and a pink satin headband. Danielle Directo-meston, The Hollywood Reporter, 1 Feb. 2022 One man was cited for having two marijuana cigarettes in his pocket and the other had PHC concentrate and drug paraphernalia. Joan Rusek, cleveland, 15 Dec. 2021 But, most often, workplace budgets for employee well-being concentrate on only providing basic aspects like health insurance. Allbusiness, Forbes, 28 Dec. 2021 Add orange juice concentrate, water and vinegar to pan. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 9 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of concentrate


1628, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a


1871, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for concentrate

Verb and Noun

com- + Latin centrum center

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“Concentrate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for concentrate


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.


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 concentrate (audio) \ 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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