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 concentrate (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 One category will focus on the best in sustainability, innovation and design in the al fresco spaces, while another will concentrate on safety and mobility. Charles Passy, WSJ, 26 May 2021 Any long-range development plan Wight & Co. comes up with would concentrate on the south end of the complex, which is owned by Orland Elementary District 135 but is maintained and primarily used by the village, Pekau said. Mike Nolan, chicagotribune.com, 5 May 2021 June 27, 2008 - Gates retires from day-to-day work at Microsoft to concentrate on philanthropy. Cnn Editorial Research, CNN, 4 May 2021 Members of the Order shunned publicity to concentrate on crime. New York Times, 1 May 2021 That ties into his vow to concentrate on equity in his policymaking, a directive that is infused into the administration's proposals and talking points. NBC news, 26 Apr. 2021 Eventually, Parham made the decision to close the Dayton paper to concentrate on the Herald. Anne Saker, The Enquirer, 15 Apr. 2021 PAIRING Pair your inability to concentrate on anything longer than a fingernail with a short rollercoaster of a zine by Alissa Bennett! Molly Young, Vulture, 9 Apr. 2021 Breaking Defense has exclusively revealed the Marines’ plan to reorient from essentially a second land army to concentrate on amphibious operations in the Asia-Pacific. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 2 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The company extracts, filters and mineralizes water used in the production of juice concentrate. Daphne Ewing-chow, Forbes, 1 June 2021 Skippy peanut butter, Fresca soft drinks, Yoo Hoo Chocolate Drink, Spaghettios (pasta with sliced franks in tomato sauce), Minute Maid frozen lemonade concentrate and Donald Duck frozen orange juice. Rich Heileman, cleveland, 21 May 2021 Don’t substitute tamarind concentrate, which is both stronger and lacks the body of the pulp. Jessica Battilana, San Francisco Chronicle, 21 May 2021 Adults 21 and over are permitted to possess up to one ounce of flower, five grams of THC concentrate, and grow six plants. Ryan Bort, Rolling Stone, 20 Apr. 2021 Where to find it: Available in loose flower, pre-rolled joints, edibles, concentrate and topicals. Los Angeles Times, 15 Apr. 2021 The recalled products include 5-gallon and 3-gallon containers of Real Water sold through home delivery/subscription, bottles of various sizes sold online and in stores, as well as concentrate sold online. Kate Gibson, CBS News, 2 Apr. 2021 The bone broth concentrate was recalled about a week ago due to the presence of hydraulic oil. Yoni Heisler, BGR, 10 May 2021 One bottle of concentrate can be used to make over 20 formulas for upwards of $100 in savings. Deena Campbell, Essence, 7 May 2021

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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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“Concentrate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/concentrate. Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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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 concentrate (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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