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 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?
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Technology, and automation in particular, offers the promise of robots doing the laborious work while humans concentrate on more skilled pursuits. Marc Bain, Quartz, "If China no longer wants to be the world’s factory, who will take its place?," 9 Jan. 2021 While Biden will concentrate on Pennsylvania in his final campaigning Sunday and Monday, Obama is scheduled to visit South Florida and Atlanta on Monday. Bart Jansen, USA TODAY, "'Outhustle the other side': Obama urges Michigan voters to oust Trump in first joint appearance with Biden," 31 Oct. 2020 Samuel, a sandblaster and painter, said the family now would concentrate on finding some kind of shelter and eventually moving back closer to home once electricity is restored. Anthony Mcauley | Staff Writer, NOLA.com, "Hurricane Laura evacuees stream into New Orleans looking for temporary shelter," 29 Aug. 2020 But Trump, who has already dismissed and replaced a legal team that intended to concentrate on these constitutional questions, appears desirous of a more vigorous defense. W. James Antle Iii, Washington Examiner, "Still tethered to Trump, Republicans have ample impeachment risks," 2 Feb. 2021 Besides choosing the right shirt collar, the man who wants to look good while tieless should concentrate on expanding his shirt wardrobe to include a variety of handsome shirt patterns. Arkansas Online, "OPINION | MALE CALL: Going tieless requires specific shirt to look well dressed," 11 Jan. 2021 That memory stuck with then-Solon coach Jim McQuaide, who retired as head coach in November to concentrate on administrative duties as the high school’s athletic director. Matt Goul, cleveland, "Solon promotes defensive coordinator Brian Wisniewski to head football coach," 11 Jan. 2021 Others forced to go remote-only have found solace away from those same social aspects, experiencing less anxiety and more ability to concentrate on their studies. al, "Education in Alabama in 2020: A look back," 31 Dec. 2020 My ability to concentrate has been reduced to a wisp. Joe Heim, Washington Post, "Pandemic teaching, in their words," 6 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Lawmakers also have filed bills to decriminalize the possession of marijuana for personal use and to legalize the possession of cannabis for people over age 21 in amounts of up to 2.5 ounces or 15 grams of concentrate. James Barragán, Dallas News, "Pandemic. Recession. Political strife: The Texas Legislature’s toughest 2021 challenges," 10 Jan. 2021 For the person interested in targeting fine lines, this three-step system, featuring a melting mask, concentrate and eye cream, is designed to combat 10 signs of aging and reveal radiant skin. Kiana Murden, CNN Underscored, "46 beauty products you should honestly just gift yourself," 24 Nov. 2020 This concentrate is then diluted with water and brought to a boil with chunks of beef loin tri-tip. Washington Post, "Beef birria, a rich braise with chiles and warm spices, is true comfort any way you eat it," 9 Dec. 2020 The bill would allow anyone to possess marijuana for their personal use, up to 2.5 grams of marijuana and up to 15 grams of concentrate. Jay R. Jordan, Chron, "Marijuana reform, voting rights among 5 bills to watch in Texas legislature," 11 Dec. 2020 For the person interested in targeting fine lines, this three-step system, featuring a melting mask, concentrate and eye cream, is designed to combat 10 signs of aging and reveal radiant skin. Kiana Murden, CNN Underscored, "46 beauty products you should honestly just gift yourself," 24 Nov. 2020 Homemade horchata concentrate is a tasty addition to your morning smoothie, or in place of creamer in your morning cuppa joe. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Horchata so good, you won’t even know it’s vegan," 26 Aug. 2020 Southeast Asian ingredients such as Kampot pepper from Cambodia, artisanal fish sauce from Vietnam and tamarind concentrate made by a Cambodian company in the Bay Area. San Francisco Chronicle, "Food lovers’ holiday gift guide," 24 Nov. 2020 In one incident, the FDA seized 24,000 half-gallon cartons of orange juice labeled as fresh that had actually been made from concentrate. Eric Levenson, CNN, "Here's who's on President-elect Biden's newly formed Transition Covid-19 Advisory Board," 9 Nov. 2020

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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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21 Feb 2021

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“Concentrate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/concentrate. Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

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More Definitions for concentrate

concentrate

verb

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 concentrate (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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