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

Synonyms & Antonyms for concentrate

Synonyms: Verb

condense

Antonyms: Verb

dilute, water (down)

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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 executive order would also take existing purchasing entities, including one for state employees, and concentrate their buying power to secure better prices. Alejandro Lazo, WSJ, "California to Flex Drug Purchasing Power," 7 Jan. 2019 Much of political decision-making concentrates power in the hands of those already inside the circle, who tend to be men. Jo Swinson, Time, "Women Now Outnumber Men in Spain's Cabinet. What's Holding Them Back Elsewhere?," 8 June 2018 Of obvious concern to AT&T was the opposition to the merger from then-candidate and soon-to-be President Trump, who said at the time of the deal's announcement that the combination would concentrate too much market power in a single company. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, "AT&T payment to Trump lawyer new twist in Time Warner fight that will change cord cutter choices," 10 May 2018 After all, the Nordic social democracies are still alive and kicking; historically, concentrating financial power in the state apparatus has often been an invitation to tyranny. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "The Liberal Media Can Have Ideological Diversity Without Conservatives," 6 May 2018 But for Daisy, a 17-year-old from Texas (whose last name has been omitted from this article for safety reasons), concentrating on finals has been difficult in the face of her father’s recent deportation. Isabella Gomez, Teen Vogue, "Why Doesn't Criminal Justice Reform Doesn't Include Immigration Law?," 9 Jan. 2019 Since the jet crashed Monday shortly after takeoff, ships with sonar and as many as 100 divers have been concentrating their efforts near a debris field off the coast north of Jakarta. Ben Otto, WSJ, "Lion Air Jet Struck the Water at High Speed, Investigator Says," 31 Oct. 2018 As the tech-heavy gauge hit new records this month, the advance is concentrated in big names -- fewer than 20 percent of its members are overbought and at one-year highs. Luke Kawa, Bloomberg.com, "This Latest Tech Stock Record Is All About the FANGs," 5 June 2018 When that new wave of small wine estates sprung up, it was mostly concentrated in the Valle de Guadalupe area of Baja. Brittany Martin, Los Angeles Magazine, "Everything You Need to Know About the Mexican Wine Everyone Is Suddenly Drinking," 25 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The sneakiest source of simple carbs are sugary beverages: sodas, juices (fresh squeezed and from concentrate), sweetened tea and coffee beverages, drink mixers and the ilk. Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Cdn, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need to Know About a Diabetic Diet," 23 Aug. 2017 Instead of using sugary fruit juices or blends from concentrate, opt for a juice that doesn’t have sugar on the ingredient list. Fox News, "7 ways to slim down your summer barbecue spread," 31 Aug. 2016 Liquid termite poison is most often sold as a concentrate that must be diluted with water. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How to Get Rid of Termites," 8 Jan. 2019 Isa Fabro, a pastry chef in Los Angeles, slakes hers in butter suffused with ube halaya (a jam of purple yam) and latik, a coconut-milk concentrate close in spirit to dulce de leche. Ligaya Mishan, New York Times, "Filipino Food Finds a Place in the American Mainstream," 12 Mar. 2018 This chic beaker-like model makes enough coffee concentrate for eight cups of smooth, cold coffee. Olivia Hall, The Seattle Times, "Ways to eat well in the summer heat (no stove required)," 13 Aug. 2018 In 2017, the hotel added a Givenchy spa to its roster of amenities; at the Spa Metropole by Givenchy, guests can receive exclusive treatments such as Le Soin Noir Renaissance Intégrale, a facial using black algae sap concentrate. Paul Rubio, Condé Nast Traveler, "Tax Return Day 2018: 7 Trips to Spend Your Refund On," 17 Apr. 2018 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

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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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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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