concentrate

verb
con·cen·trate | \ˈkän(t)-sən-ˌtrāt, -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

concentratedly \ˈkän(t)-sən-ˌtrā-təd-lē, -ˌsen-; ˌkän(t)-sən-ˈtrā- \ adverb
concentrative \ˈkän(t)-sən-ˌtrā-tiv, -ˌsen- \ adjective

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

Republicans run more state governments than Democrats do, in part because in state legislatures, too, the Democrats concentrated in cities tend to win bigger majorities in fewer districts. The Economist, "America’s electoral system gives the Republicans advantages over Democrats," 12 July 2018 And those that have are overwhelmingly concentrated in Maricopa County — about 85 percent of maintenance and operation-override money. Craig Harris, azcentral, "The charter-vs.-district school funding debate: Who gets more money?," 12 July 2018 Most of the stops were concentrated in areas largely populated by minorities, the ACLU's lawsuit said, including the predominantly black neighborhoods in the north of the city. Ivan Moreno, chicagotribune.com, "Milwaukee to pay $3.4 million over police stop-and-frisk policy," 11 July 2018 Most of the stops were concentrated in areas largely populated by minorities, the ACLU's lawsuit said, including the predominantly black neighborhoods in the north of the city. NBC News, "Milwaukee to pay $3.4 million to settle 'stop-and-frisk' lawsuit," 10 July 2018 Most of the stops were concentrated in areas largely populated by minorities, the ACLU’s lawsuit said, including the predominantly black neighborhoods in the north of the city. Ivan Moreno, The Seattle Times, "Milwaukee to pay $3.4 mln over police stop-and-frisk policy," 10 July 2018 Lingering cases are concentrated in rural areas, where communities lack immediate access to health care and transmission is challenging to detect and disrupt. Emily Baumgaertner, New York Times, "In a Rare Success, Paraguay Conquers Malaria," 6 July 2018 Rural areas lack adequate healthcare, with 80% of health resources concentrated in large, wealthy cities such as Beijing and Shanghai. Robyn Dixon, latimes.com, "China plans to dominate AI, with a vanguard of robotic doctors like 'Biomind'," 6 July 2018 The decline was largely because the sales growth was concentrated in the South, where new homes are generally cheaper. Fox News, "US new-home sales climbed 6.7 percent in May," 25 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Some forms of cannabis were especially hard to come by: Green Solutions had just one type of concentrate in stock instead of the usual 15. Benjy Egel, sacbee, "Is your favorite dispensary out of marijuana? Blame this new state regulation," 2 July 2018 Toronto Star via Getty Images The condo boom and community development Toronto, and the greater Toronto area, has, like most cities, seen development concentrate in a few areas. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Toronto’s new wave of development looks for community, not just condos," 12 June 2018 On a recent visit, Lynas technicians mixed rare earth concentrate, which looks to the untrained eye like unremarkable dirt, into chemical tanks that extract elements like lanthanum and cerium. Alexandra Stevenson, New York Times, "How Rare Earths (What?) Could Be Crucial in a U.S.-China Trade War," 11 July 2018 This year, the grocery chain tackled the pricey seasonal coffee trend with six different offerings — spanning from ready-to-drink cans to long-lasting bottles of concentrate — and each is the definition of a summer budget saver. Elizabeth Buxton, refinery29.com, "We Sipped Every Cold Brew At Trader Joe's & This Is Our Favorite," 27 June 2018 To prepare marinade, whisk together oil, orange juice concentrate, sugar, vinegar, water, mustard, salt, and pepper until sugar is dissolved. Darlene Zimmerman, Detroit Free Press, "Healthy Table: Load up on asparagus for its healthy dose of folate and antioxidants," 15 Apr. 2018 Workers receive training on the types of products available, which may include capsules, vaporizers, oil concentrates and topical creams. Marcia Heroux Pounds, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Want a job legally selling pot? You could be in luck: Florida's medical marijuana industry is beginning to take off," 25 June 2018 At Fast Grass police seized 11 pounds of marijuana, $1,800 in cash, edibles and concentrates, and arrested two employees for operating with no business license and marijuana sales. Greg Moran, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Police raid illegal pot dispensaries, arresting eight and seizing cash, products," 15 June 2018 For a shortcut, substitute frozen limeade concentrate for the lime juice and sugar. SI.com, "Classic Margarita," 25 Jan. 2018

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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

com- + Latin centrum center

Noun

see concentrate entry 1

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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 \
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- \
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 \ 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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