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 Attention span and memory, thanks to nature Nature provides many opportunities for close observation—and fostering this skill builds kids’ ability to concentrate and learn about the world around them. Michelle Z. Donahue, National Geographic, "Worried about a coronavirus summer slump? Boost kids’ brainpower with nature.," 21 May 2020 The number isn’t a goal, but represents the company’s recognition that concentrating employees in one big office, like its Menlo Park headquarters, may not be possible for a long time. Roland Li, SFChronicle.com, "Facebook’s embrace of remote work could reshape Bay Area economy," 21 May 2020 Their focus is now surviving the recoil versus concentrating on proper marksmanship principles. Joe Genzel, Outdoor Life, "16 Tips for New Rifle Shooters From a Former Navy SEAL Master Chief," 30 Apr. 2020 The bipartisan pair on Wednesday urged the Federal Trade Commission to open the probe, noting that the industry is currently dominated a handful of large, multinational firms that have concentrated meat processing into a small number of facilities. Mary Spicuzza, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin, GOP colleague call for antitrust investigation into the meatpacking industry," 30 Apr. 2020 Avoiding debt-heavy companies can make a sharia-compliant portfolio less risky, but that’s partly offset by ignoring many industries and concentrating assets in others, potentially resulting in under-diversification. Dallas News, "Motley Fool: Apple’s a good long-term bet, and what is Islamic investing?," 5 Apr. 2020 These days, Smithsonian experts who study Asian elephants are concentrating their efforts in Myanmar. Justin Mott, Smithsonian Magazine, "Researchers Are Learning How Asian Elephants Think—In Order to Save Them," 19 Mar. 2020 Former Vice President Joe Biden would raise taxes by $4 trillion over a decade, concentrating those higher levies on top earners, according to a study of his tax proposals. Richard Rubin, WSJ, "Biden Tax Plan Targeting Top Earners Would Raise $4 Trillion in 10 Years, Study Says," 5 Mar. 2020 Since taking power in 2012, Xi has shifted back to traditional one-man rule, concentrating more and more power into his hands. Zeynep Tufekci, The Atlantic, "How the Coronavirus Revealed Authoritarianism’s Fatal Flaw," 22 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun On a hot day, try a swirl of frozen orange-juice concentrate for a unique citrus tang. Popular Science, "Yogurt makers to improve your snack time and microbiome," 19 May 2020 Grove concentrated cleaner kit: Grove's cleaning concentrates are available in a three-pack for $10. Louryn Strampe, Wired, "The Best Eco-Friendly Cleaning Products for Your Home," 22 Apr. 2020 In both cases, use the ready-to-use mix of Garrett Juice, not the concentrate. Dallas News, "Okra, cucumbers, beans, squash and more: These heat-loving seeds are ready to be planted," 30 Apr. 2020 But growth among concentrates, edibles and other products like tinctures, capsules or topicals are expected to outpace the growth of flower. Ally Marotti, chicagotribune.com, "Want to know what it’s like inside an Illinois marijuana dispensary? Take a look.," 24 June 2019 The concentrate would be sealed in containers and trucked to a new port on Lake Iliamna, Alaska’s largest. Acacia Johnson, National Geographic, "Alaska is the best place to see wild bears. A new mine could change that.," 14 Jan. 2020 From there, impurities are removed, before the concentrate is dried and then milled into a fine white powder. Calum Trenaman, Stef Blendis And Nicki Shields, CNN, "Remote desert powering electric car revolution," 10 Feb. 2020 The concentrate would be placed on trucks and driven over 29 miles of roads to a port on the northern side of Lake Iliamna, then loaded onto a huge ice-breaking ferry. Acacia Johnson, National Geographic, "The risky plan to haul minerals from a mine in the Alaska wilderness," 14 Jan. 2020 Use it to help fall asleep, concentrate, or make sure your private conversations aren’t overheard. Tony Vaz, Popular Science, "White noise machines that may help you fall asleep faster," 9 Sep. 2019

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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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25 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Concentrate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/concentrate. Accessed 4 Jun. 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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