con·​cert·​ed | \ kən-ˈsər-təd How to pronounce concerted (audio) \

Definition of concerted

1a : mutually contrived or agreed on a concerted effort a concerted agreement
b : performed in unison concerted artillery fire The slowdown was a concerted action by the workers.
2 : arranged in parts for several voices or instruments The concerted pieces were interspersed with solos.

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Other Words from concerted

concertedly adverb
concertedness noun

Examples of concerted in a Sentence

They made a concerted effort to make her feel welcome. a victory like that results only from the concerted effort of the entire team
Recent Examples on the Web The latest review of tortoise population, published in 2018, showed that declines continue despite a concerted effort to boost their number. Luke Runyon, azcentral, "Climate change is making life hard for desert tortoises in the Southwest," 9 Feb. 2020 But the Post was not purchased because Bezos believes in civic engagement—it was purchased as part of a concerted effort to grow his company’s influence in the capital. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "The Washington Post Has Gotten Off Easy for Too Long," 4 Feb. 2020 Yet, there is not much of a concerted effort to retain the gender diversity. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz India, "Arvind Krishna’s elevation at IBM may be India’s gain, but it’s a loss for gender equality," 3 Feb. 2020 Joe Biden’s White House bid began with false starts, pledges to do better in respecting women’s personal spaces and a concerted effort to contain his gaffes. Time, "Facing First 2020 Test, Joe Biden Is Doing Things His Way," 2 Feb. 2020 Others wondered if this was concerted effort to promote certain herbal products to boost their makers' share prices ahead of the Chinese stock market's re-opening Monday. Nectar Gan, CNN, "A traditional Chinese remedy said to help fight Wuhan coronavirus sparks skepticism -- and panic buying," 1 Feb. 2020 By popular demand, that year the church also authorized the first concerted effort to study sexuality among Methodists. Scott T. Vehstedt, The Conversation, "Gay rights dispute is pulling apart the United Methodist Church, after decades of argument," 27 Jan. 2020 In some places, even concerted efforts to undo housing discrimination have failed to break the shackles of history, including in progressively minded cities like Portland, Denver and Minneapolis. Daniel Cusick, Scientific American, "Past Racist “Redlining” Practices Increased Climate Burden on Minority Neighborhoods," 21 Jan. 2020 Their discovery prompted a concerted effort to share information on runaways and other people reported missing. Washington Post, "Suspected serial killer stayed under the radar, but how?," 20 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of concerted

1652, in the meaning defined at sense 1b

History and Etymology for concerted

see concert entry 2

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The first known use of concerted was in 1652

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14 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Concerted.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of concerted

: done in a planned and deliberate way usually by several or many people


con·​cert·​ed | \ kən-ˈsər-təd How to pronounce concerted (audio) \

Legal Definition of concerted

1 : mutually contrived or agreed upon the concerted pursuit of lawful…ends— L. H. Tribe
2 : acting together toward a common end concerted wrongdoers

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