concentration

noun
con·​cen·​tra·​tion | \ ˌkän(t)-sən-ˈtrā-shən How to pronounce concentration (audio) , -ˌsen-\

Definition of concentration

1a : the act or process of concentrating : the state of being concentrated especially : direction of attention to a single object All that noise is disturbing my concentration.
b : an academic major or area of focus within a major The student chose law as his concentration.
2 : a concentrated mass or thing a concentration of wealth in the merchant class
3 : the amount of a component in a given area or volume The ozone concentration in the lower stratosphere has declined.

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Synonyms & Antonyms for concentration

Synonyms

absorption, attention, engrossment, enthrallment, immersion

Antonyms

inattention

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Examples of concentration in a Sentence

All that noise is disturbing my concentration. The job required her full concentration. When you're tired it's easy to lose your concentration. There was a concentration on ethics within the agency. There is a concentration of wealth in the cities. He objects to the concentration of power in the hands of a few rich men.
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Azelaic acid can be prescribed in two concentrations: 15 percent (Finacea) and 20 percent (Azelex). Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "Why So Many People Swear By Azelaic Acid to Combat Acne and Redness," 5 Mar. 2019 According to Everyday Health, meditation can improve concentration, reduce stress, prevent cognitive decline, and keep your brain healthy and alert as you age. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Woman's Day, "30 Fun Things to Do By Yourself in Your Lifetime," 3 Jan. 2019 There’s an especially high concentration in Europe and Asia, with China, Japan, and South Korea leading Eastern countries in AI research paper publication, university enrollment, and patent applications. Nick Statt, The Verge, "The AI boom is happening all over the world, and it’s accelerating quickly," 12 Dec. 2018 Meanwhile, the New York metro area is home to the second-largest concentration of technology talent after the San Francisco Bay Area, and Bezos owns a home in Manhattan. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Amazon is getting more than $2 billion for NYC and Virginia expansions," 13 Nov. 2018 Every Saturday: Experience the joy of losing weight, less stress, more strength, increased flexibility, and more concentration, focus and stamina. Mary Lou Cruz, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Davie area events July 18-28," 14 July 2018 Our level of concentration, work ethic, control of the game and cohesion were all excellent. Iliana Limón Romero, Pro Soccer USA, "Orlando Pride earn 2-1 road win over Utah Royals," 14 July 2018 The effect, caused by a large concentration of concrete and traffic, means meteorologists use temperatures at KCI as the most accurate measurement of heat in the area. Max Londberg, kansascity, "KC hits 100 degrees for first time in years, but cooler temps coming, meteorologist says," 12 July 2018 Moving for even just 10 minutes a few times a day can help break those patterns and lead to better concentration, more energy and an improved mood. Mike Candelaria, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Got 5 minutes? You have time to exercise," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of concentration

1606, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for concentration

see concentrate entry 1

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The first known use of concentration was in 1606

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concentration

noun

English Language Learners Definition of concentration

: the ability to give your attention or thought to a single object or activity : the ability to concentrate
: the act of giving your attention to a single object or activity
: a large amount of something in one place

concentration

noun
con·​cen·​tra·​tion | \ ˌkän-sən-ˈtrā-shən How to pronounce concentration (audio) \

Kids Definition of concentration

1 : close attention to or thought about a subject There is a concentration on math in the curriculum.
2 : the ability to pay close attention I lost my concentration when an ambulance drove past.
3 : a large amount of something or a large number of people in one place

concentration

noun
con·​cen·​tra·​tion | \ ˌkän(t)-sən-ˈtrā-shən, -ˌsen- How to pronounce concentration (audio) \

Medical Definition of concentration

1 : the act or action of concentrating: as
a : a directing of the attention or of the mental faculties toward a single object
b : an increasing of strength (as of a solute or a gas in a mixture) or a purifying by partial or total removal of diluents, solvents, admixed gases, extraneous material, or waste (as by evaporation or diffusion)
2 : a crude active principle of a vegetable especially for pharmaceutical use in the form of a powder or resin
3 : the relative content of a component (as dissolved or dispersed material) of a solution, mixture, or dispersion that may be expressed in percentage by weight or by volume, in parts per million, or in grams per liter

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