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

concentratedly \ ˈkän(t)-​sən-​ˌtrā-​təd-​lē How to pronounce concentratedly (audio) , -​ˌsen-​ ; ˌkän(t)-​sən-​ˈtrā-​ \ adverb
concentrative \ ˈkän(t)-​sən-​ˌtrā-​tiv How to pronounce concentrative (audio) , -​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

Chicago police said the city had 252 homicides and 1,100 shootings in the first six months of 2018, a decrease from last year -- but the crimes have been concentrated in predominantly black, low-income neighborhoods. Alex Pappas, Fox News, "Chicago protesters demanding Rahm Emanuel's resignation march to Wrigley Field, closing major roads," 2 Oct. 2018 Rather than redistributing power, these platforms have concentrated it, all while seeming ever more vulnerable to outside manipulation and data breaches. Jacob Silverman, Longreads, "Private Telegram, Public Strife," 3 July 2018 While much of the political violence has been concentrated in several states, no state has been untouched. New York Times, "Criminal Groups Seek to Decide Outcome in Many Mexican Races," 1 July 2018 Defaults have so far been concentrated in the private sector. The Economist, "China has made progress in tackling financial risks," 14 June 2018 The big campaign action has been concentrated on the Issa, Royce and Rohrabacher seats, but the Democratic enthusiasm about capturing them may have backfired. San Francisco Chronicle, "June 5 primary could decide California governor’s race," 21 May 2018 Until that case was found, the outbreak had been concentrated in remote villages near Bikoro, a market town on the shores of Lake Tumba. Robyn Dixon, latimes.com, "As Ebola outbreak threatens nine African countries, new vaccine is main hope for preventing a major epidemic," 18 May 2018 But while the pathos has been concentrated in the U.S. and Europe so far, there’s a larger crisis coming. Ian Bremmer, Fortune, "Rage at Globalism Is Just the Beginning," 25 Apr. 2018 For a company so dependent on innovation, competing in winner-take-all markets, those agglomeration effects have so far driven Amazon and its competitors to concentrate their workforces. Christopher Mims, WSJ, "Why Amazon’s New York U-Turn Is Good for America’s Tech Economy," 16 Feb. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Meanwhile, powdered-drink mixes and concentrates—which aren’t affected by the tax—jumped 31% to $1.1 million. Scott Calvert, WSJ, "Pennsylvania High Court Backs Philadelphia Beverage Tax," 18 July 2018 Liquid poison concentrate costs about $70 for one 20-ounce jug, which, when diluted, will make about 24 gallons of termite poison. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How to Get Rid of Termites," 8 Jan. 2019 But in June the European Union put a 25% tariff on U.S. cranberry-juice concentrate in retaliation for U.S. steel tariffs. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Pass the Cronyberry Sauce," 20 Nov. 2018 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

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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 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 concentrator (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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