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

concentrative \ ˈkän(t)-​sən-​ˌtrā-​tiv How to pronounce concentrative (audio) , -​ˌsen-​ \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for concentrate

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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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 Half of a melon’s sugar content develops during the last week of maturation, so stop irrigating then to concentrate the sugars. Sunset Magazine, "45 Things to Do in Your Garden Right Now," 3 Aug. 2020 Heston suggests buying headsets or earbuds to help your student concentrate and tune others out. Jenna Ryu, USA TODAY, "Round 2 of online school: How to get your remote learning act together for fall," 30 July 2020 The Muskego brewery will concentrate on beer at first, and then move into a full menu and cocktails down the road. Kathy Flanigan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Eagle Park's big Muskego taproom opens this month after a delay caused by coronavirus," 1 July 2020 His Intensive Outpatient Program transitioned to telehealth, but my son couldn’t concentrate on the Zoom sessions, so the IOP team quickly discharged him. Nicole Roder, Washington Post, "Our mental health system is failing my son. So I asked experts how to fix it.," 9 July 2020 With the decision made, Lewis is ready to concentrate on his final season with the Spartans. Dennis Victory, al, "Pleasant Grove’s Chris Lewis commits to SEC East school," 30 June 2020 Rather than waste your money on things that are intangible, concentrate on keeping your possessions in good shape. oregonlive, "Horoscope for June 29, 2020: Gemini, get organized; Sagittarius, someone tells you what you want to hear," 29 June 2020 In the summer, concentrate more on main lake boathouses, especially those along steeper banks and exposed to wind. Steve Price, Field & Stream, "Catch More Bass Near Boathouses and Docks," 24 June 2020 In order to detect and quantify material from SARS-CoV-2, researchers have to extract and concentrate minuscule amounts of viral material. Jordan Nutting, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Researchers to track COVID-19 outbreaks by monitoring sewage from Wisconsin communities," 18 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The 32-ounce bottle of concentrate, which is listed as low as $17.89 on Amazon, treats up to 5,000 square feet of lawn, and there is no mixing required. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, "7 mosquito repellent - errr bug spray - solutions for your backyard," 5 Aug. 2020 The mine will heap leach the ore and extract a concentrate for processing. Aldo Svaldi, The Denver Post, "A new Wheat Ridge plant will process rare earths, which aren’t so rare but are critical for iPhones and electric cars," 12 Jan. 2020 But the mere increase in heavyweight vehicle traffic through the reserve—through which up to 13,000 trucks full of ore concentrate would drive each year—already represents an undeniable source of noise and visual pollution. Manuel Bartra, Fortune, "The mining industry in Peru is threatening one of the world’s great nature preserves," 11 July 2020 Reimburse employees who bring coffee from home, or supply Jot (jot.co), a just-add-hot-water coffee concentrate people can make at their desks with a personal electric kettle. Arianne Cohen, Bloomberg.com, "Don’t Return to the Office Until You Read This," 18 June 2020 One of the most common tools for dispersing crowds, pepper spray is a concentrate of capsaicin, the chemical that gives peppers their heat. Graham Kates, CBS News, "Flash grenades, rubber bullets and pepper balls: A look at "less than lethal" devices that can sometimes be fatal," 4 June 2020 Soy protein, not the same as soy protein concentrate, is easy to find, but mostly comes in enormous quantities, and takes three weeks to ship even under normal circumstances. Rachel Sugar, Bon Appétit, "I Tried to Recreate the Impossible Burger Because Now Is the Time for Absurdist Cooking," 13 May 2020 The purchase and possession limit in the amendment is 1 ounce, with no more than 8 grams of concentrate. Jackie Borchardt, Cincinnati.com, "Ohio 2020 recreational marijuana legalization measure filed: 5 things to know," 2 Mar. 2020 The primary ingredients in the Impossible pork products are mostly the same as what’s in the Impossible Burgers — water, soy protein concentrate, coconut oil, sunflower oil and natural flavors. Washington Post, "Impossible Foods is finally making a new fake meat: Pork," 7 Jan. 2020

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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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Time Traveler for concentrate

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The first known use of concentrate was in 1628

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7 Aug 2020

Cite this Entry

“Concentrate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/concentrate. Accessed 15 Aug. 2020.

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More Definitions for concentrate

concentrate

verb
How to pronounce concentrate (audio)

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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