con·​cert | \ ˈkän(t)-sərt How to pronounce concert (audio) , ˈkän-ˌsərt \

Definition of concert

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a public performance (as of music or dancing)
2 : agreement in design or plan : union formed by mutual communication of opinion and views
3 obsolete : musical harmony : concord
in concert
: together acting in concert with others


con·​cert | \ kən-ˈsərt How to pronounce concert (audio) \
concerted; concerting; concerts

Definition of concert (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to make a plan for concert measures for aiding the poor
2 : to settle or adjust by conferring and reaching an agreement concerted their differences

intransitive verb

: to act in harmony or conjunction

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concert adjective

Synonyms for concert

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of concert in a Sentence

Noun The orchestra will be giving a free concert. during the summer various groups give concerts on the town green Verb warned that the rain forests are in danger of extinction unless the world's industrial powers concert a plan to prevent such an occurrence the governor is eager to concert with the federal authorities on this matter
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Sipping cocktails on a rooftop bar, seeing a concert in Madison Square Garden or being absorbed in the crowds of Times Square: activities symbolic of New York's status as a bustling, exciting metropolis seem unimaginable in the foreseeable future. CBS News, "Lockdown extended for most of coronavirus-battered New York," 15 May 2020 Her website lists 57 days worth of concerts, which have been broadcast nightly on Facebook Live. Sandra Gonzalez, CNN, "Melissa Etheridge's son, Beckett Cypher, dies at 21," 13 May 2020 Most of the concerts this summer are canceled outright. Zachary Lewis, cleveland, "Cleveland Orchestra cancels Blossom Festival, Severance summer series over coronavirus fears," 8 May 2020 The speech was still dividing Britons in 1970 when the pint-size dynamo Millie got onstage during a packed Caribbean music concert at London’s Empire Pool, since renamed the Wembley Arena and next to the Wembley soccer stadium. Phil Davison, Washington Post, "Millie Small, Jamaican singer of pop and protest music, dies," 8 May 2020 Since then, Hütter has toured with three other members, most notably during a series of 3-D concerts. Los Angeles Times, "Florian Schneider, co-founder of electronic pioneers Kraftwerk, dies at 73," 6 May 2020 Jane Fonda was set to make an appearance that had generated controversy, musicians Joe Walsh and David Crosby planned to headline a concert and constitutional law scholar Laurence Tribe was to give a keynote speech., "May 4, 1970: 50 years of remembrance, controversy and pain following Kent State shooting," 29 Apr. 2020 Here's a list of other big concerts postponed or canceled: The Rolling Stones announced its 15-date No Filter Tour has been postponed. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "Forecastle Festival 2020 announces cancellation amid coronavirus pandemic fears," 16 Apr. 2020 Lincoln Center The Chamber Music Society will release and post footage of chamber music concerts from its 50-year archive on its website, which also offers livestreams, playlists, lectures, and interviews. Alex Erdekian, Condé Nast Traveler, "How to Enjoy NYC’s Biggest Cultural Institutions from Home," 3 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb This holiday season, Spector is bringing her Best Christmas Party Ever concert to the U.K., hitting Dublin on Dec. 14 and wrapping in Edinburgh, U.K. on Dec. 23. Joe Lynch, Billboard, "Ronnie Spector's Pure-As-Snow Love for Christmas Will Warm Your Heart," 12 Dec. 2019 An inspiring movie, play or concert can whisk you away on happy flights of fancy. oregonlive, "Horoscope for Feb. 7, 2020: Happy birthday Chris Rock; Aquarius, inventive ideas blossom," 7 Feb. 2020 The barn like, 4,500-seat performance hall was used for everything from weekly wrestling matches to concert events. Steve Brown, Dallas News, "Site of Dallas’ famous Sportatorium sells to developer Jack Matthews," 13 Jan. 2020 It has been postponed to Oct. 24 because that is the date of the first L.A. Phil concert 100 years ago. Los Angeles Times, "Review: Gustavo Dudamel begins a new L.A. Phil season with no need for a gala," 4 Oct. 2019 Cuba’s Dario Ramos deflected in an own goal in the 37th and Sargent concerted from 15 yards off a pass from Morris three minutes later., "Weston McKennie made US men’s soccer history on Friday night - The Boston Globe," 11 Oct. 2019 And judging by the photos, this appears to have been the first concert in history where the bathroom to concert goer ratio was 1 to 1. J.r. Gonzales, Houston Chronicle, "SuperBus, supermodels and the Grand Parkway: Here's Houston in July 1989," 25 July 2019 The UnXpected will be covering classic hits at the Brews & Bites concert series July 17. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "5 Things-to-do this week in the southwest suburbs," 9 July 2018 Like the Elton John concerts President Trump mentioned midway through his 70-minute speech, his Thursday rally in Great Falls, Mont. was a real greatest-hits affair aimed at his true fans. Karla Peterson,, "President Trump's #MeToo actions are worse than his words," 6 July 2018

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First Known Use of concert


1571, in the meaning defined at sense 2


1652, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for concert


French, from Italian concerto, from concertare


Middle French concerter, from Old Italian concertare, perhaps from com- + certo certain, decided, from Latin certus — more at certain

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The first known use of concert was in 1571

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20 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Concert.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of concert

: a public performance of music


con·​cert | \ ˈkän-sərt How to pronounce concert (audio) , -ˌsərt \

Kids Definition of concert

: a musical performance by several voices or instruments or by both
in concert
: together sense 5 The staff members are working in concert to finish the job.

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