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

Flickr's new owners say that the change is being made to better concentrate on what Flickr should be: a community for photographers to store, showcase, and talk about their work. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Free Flickr accounts slashed to 1,000 pictures; the rest will be deleted," 2 Nov. 2018 Myoungsin decided to opt out of showing her collection on the Seoul runway this season (my colleague Monica Kim has reviewed her for several seasons) to concentrate on selling. Sarah Mower, Vogue, "Ungendered Suiting, Hanbok Tradition, and #MeToo Surfaced at Seoul Fashion Week—Sarah Mower Reports," 23 Oct. 2018 In high-end warfare against mechanized enemies, the M3 can engage more lightly armored targets such as BMP-3 and Kurganets-25 infantry fighting vehicles, allowing Javelin anti-tank missiles to concentrate on more heavily armored tanks. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Army's Recoilless Rifle Is Getting a Huge Upgrade: Laser-Guided Warheads," 10 Oct. 2018 Erickson Hatalsky points out that racially diverse counties tend to be concentrated near cities and on the coasts. Alvin Chang, Vox, "Race was the biggest factor in 2016 — but economics is still Democrats’ winning message," 18 Sep. 2018 That means opponents are free to concentrate on the balance of the Heat lineup and pack the paint. Ira Winderman, Sun-Sentinel.com, "ASK IRA: Do Heat have to be mindful of protecting future cap space?," 10 July 2018 Without the need for days off before and after his turns on the mound, Ohtani will play more often and will be able to concentrate fully on offense. Steve Gardner, USA TODAY, "Fantasy baseball waiver wire: Jorge Polanco, Shohei Ohtani return to action," 7 July 2018 The range of reds felt like the heart of the enterprise, and the small but potent pop of orange seemed to concentrate titles by punkish outliers. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A library and an unexpected journey toward household togetherness," 28 June 2018 Blush should go right in there, concentrated at the top center to create an angle that pushes your cheekbones up. Michelle Sulcov, Glamour, "These Before-and-After Photos Show What a Difference Blush Can Make," 31 Aug. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 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

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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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