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concentrate

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

Definition of concentrate

concentrated; concentrating
transitive verb
1 a :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.
2 a :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.

concentratedly

play \ˈkän(t)-sən-ˌtrā-təd-lē, -ˌsen-; ˌkän(t)-sən-ˈtrā-\ adverb

concentrative

play \ˈkän(t)-sən-ˌtrā-tiv, -ˌsen-\ adjective

Examples of concentrate in a Sentence

  1. All that noise makes it hard to concentrate.

  2. The student has difficulty concentrating.

  3. The sauce should be simmered for a few minutes to concentrate its flavors.

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Origin and Etymology of concentrate

com- + Latin centrum center


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concentrate

noun

Definition of concentrate

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

Examples of concentrate in a Sentence

  1. a frozen orange juice concentrate

  2. Is this orange juice fresh or is it made from concentrate?

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Origin and Etymology of concentrate



CONCENTRATE Defined for English Language Learners

concentrate

verb

Definition of concentrate for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of concentrate for English Language Learners

  • : a substance that is made stronger or more pure by removing water


CONCENTRATE Defined for Kids

concentrate

verb con·cen·trate \ ˈkän-sən-ˌtrāt \

Definition of concentrate for Students

concentrated; concentrating
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.

Medical Dictionary

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concentrate

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

medical Definition of concentrate

concentrated; concentrating
transitive verb
1 a :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

concentrator

play \-ˌtrāt-ər\ noun

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concentrate

noun

medical Definition of concentrate

:something prepared by concentration; especially :a food reduced in bulk by elimination of fluid
  • orange juice concentrate


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