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concentrate

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

Definition of concentrate

concentrated

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concentrating

  1. transitive verb
  2. 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.>

  3. 2a :  to make less dilute <concentrate syrup>b :  to express or exhibit in condensed form

  4. intransitive verb
  5. 1 :  to draw toward or meet in a common center

  6. 2 :  gather, collect <Cuban immigrants who concentrate in Florida>

  7. 3 :  to focus one's powers, efforts, or attention <concentrate on a problem> <Farmers are concentrating on the wheat harvest.>

concentratedly

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

concentrative

play \-ˌtrā-tiv\ 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.

Origin and Etymology of concentrate

com- + Latin centrum center


First Known Use: 1628


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concentrate

noun con·cen·trate

Definition of concentrate

  1. 1 :  something concentrated: such asa :  a mineral-rich product obtained after an initial processing of oreb :  a food reduced in bulk by elimination of fluid <orange juice concentrate>

  2. 2 :  a feedstuff (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?

Origin and Etymology of concentrate

see 1concentrate


First Known Use: 1871



CONCENTRATE Defined for English Language Learners

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concentrate

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

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


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concentrate

noun con·cen·trate

Definition of concentrate for English Language Learners

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


CONCENTRATE Defined for Kids

concentrate

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verb con·cen·trate \ˈkän-sən-ˌtrāt\

Definition of concentrate for Students

concentrated

concentrating

  1. 1 :  to focus thought or attention on something

  2. 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. 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

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

Medical Definition of concentrate

concentrated

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concentrating

  1. 1

  2. transitive verb

  3. a:  to bring or direct toward a common center or objective :  focusb:  to accumulate (a toxic substance) in bodily tissues <fish concentrate mercury>

  4. 2:  to make less dilute <concentrate syrup>

  5. intransitive verb

  6. :  to fix one's powers, efforts, or attention on one thing <concentrate on a problem>

concentrator

\-ˌtrāt-ər\play noun

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concentrate

noun con·cen·trate

Medical Definition of concentrate

  1. :  something prepared by concentration; especially :  a food reduced in bulk by elimination of fluid <orange juice concentrate>



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