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

condense

Antonyms: Verb

dilute, water (down)

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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

The rest of the roster that features the names of Austin Goodfriend, Graham Barr, Ethan Dieter, Jordan Foret, Toren Thiery, Kross Kilgo, Brecken Steckler, Rexton McMinn, Marc Amsler and Braydon Finnley now concentrate on sectionals. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Bayside 10s use 17.2 runs per game to motor to District 14 Little League title," 1 July 2019 Roasting concentrates the sweetness and tempers the acidity of grapes, without reducing them to a raisinlike dryness. Paul Stephen, ExpressNews.com, "How to celebrate the savory side of grapes and cook with them," 26 June 2019 Police concentrate enforcement on intersections and streets where speeding and crashes are most prevalent, resulting in 1,181 citations issued. Alison Dirr, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee police report 19 fatal crashes so far this year, a drop from 25 this time in 2018," 24 June 2019 The resulting podcast concentrates on solving the crime, but also on telling the stories of the victims in a way that respectfully offers closure for friends and family. Eliana Dockterman, Time, "The 10 Best New Podcasts of the Year So Far," 21 June 2019 According to InciWeb, firefighting efforts on the north end of the fire will concentrate on protecting campgrounds, infrastructure, power lines and businesses along SR 88. Rocky Baier, azcentral, "'It's a very bad place to have a fire': Woodbury Fire burns 36K acres with no containment," 17 June 2019 The popularity of cannabis concentrates - which bear no resemblance to the plant from which they're derived - is linked to teens' burgeoning use of electronic cigarettes, according to school officials. Jennifer Oldham, Anchorage Daily News, "In first states to legalize pot, teen use triggers concerns," 17 June 2019 But for now, the players are concentrating on France and bringing home a fourth World Cup championship. Anne M. Peterson, The Denver Post, "Carli Lloyd, a World Cup starter again, scores twice as U.S. beats Chile," 16 June 2019 In schools, the military history of World War II is rarely a focus of instruction, with lessons instead concentrating on Holocaust education and the Nazi dictatorship. Washington Post, "From loss to liberation: Germany’s evolving postwar attitude," 7 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Two hundred people now work at the mine site, carrying out blasts, trucking the minerals out of the mine and milling them into a powdered concentrate that is packed into dozens of white bags on site. Pamela Boykoff, CNN, "This company is America's best chance to loosen China's grip on rare earths," 3 July 2019 Fans of Ascend tout its selection of live resin, a concentrate that preserves terpenes, which elevate flavor and aroma and sometimes heighten the psychoactive response. Josie Sexton, The Know, "Where to buy pot in Denver with your dad on Father’s Day," 13 June 2019 The website also notes that Starbucks uses hot water to dilute the chai concentrate in the latte, so ordering the drink without water, as Kardashian recommends, will create a much stronger chai taste. Helen Murphy, PEOPLE.com, "Khloé Kardashian Reveals Her Go-To Starbucks Order — And It Includes 'Seven Pumps' of Chai Mix," 13 June 2019 Trucks would haul an estimated 50 daily shipments of copper concentrate down the adjacent two-lane highway, scenic state route 83. Douglas Main, National Geographic, "In a land of wild cats and scarce water, a battle over mining heats up," 25 Apr. 2019 Organic revenue, which excludes currency swings, acquisitions and divestitures, increased 5% from a year ago, helped by growth in sales of concentrates and higher prices for products. Jennifer Maloney, WSJ, "Coke Raising U.S. Soda Prices, Citing Tariffs," 25 July 2018 For bait, try overripe fruit, raw meat, fish, moist canned cat food, fruit juice concentrate, molasses in water, soda pop, or any other foods or beverages that your local population tends to go for. Jean Nick, Good Housekeeping, "How to Wasp-Proof Your Backyard This Summer," 26 July 2018 The concentrates are in another category altogether. Carrie Feibel, Washington Post, "With The Rise Of Legal Weed, Drug Education Moves From ‘Don’t’ to ‘Delay’," 7 June 2018 Meanwhile, powdered-drink mixes and concentrates—which aren’t affected by the tax—jumped 31% to $1.1 million. Scott Calvert, WSJ, "Pennsylvania High Court Backs Philadelphia Beverage Tax," 18 July 2018

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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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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 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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