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

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Juncker also said Europe should get a concerted approach toward the Belt and Road Initiative, China’s vast infrastructure project to link China with Africa, Europe and beyond. Sylvie Corbet, The Seattle Times, "China’s Xi, European leaders form trade policy partnership," 26 Mar. 2019 Their job—now and in the coming decade—is, in a supple, clever and concerted way, to save the free-market system from those who would dismantle it. Peggy Noonan, WSJ, "Republicans Need to Save Capitalism," 14 Feb. 2019 With its myriad systems and bonkers controls, accomplishing even the most basic of tasks in game requires concerted self-training. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "If You Can't Beat It, Code It," 17 Dec. 2018 The post has been left vacant at a tense time on the peninsula, with a series of provocative nuclear and missile tests by North Korea last year and a concerted diplomatic outreach by South Korean President Moon. Ben Westcott, CNN, "Trump's ambassador switch risks estranging Australia and angering China," 25 Apr. 2018 Even if seriously concerted efforts are made to lower carbon dioxide emissions and promote more equitable development, millions will still be displaced because of the inevitable warming that is already baked in. Andrea Thompson, Scientific American, "Wave of Climate Migration Looms, but It “Doesn't Have to Be a Crisis”," 23 Mar. 2018 Police departments throughout Illinois have been equipping officers with the antidote as part of a concerted response to the growing opioid epidemic nationally. Karen Ann Cullotta,, "To help, not punish: Lake Zurich police join expanding Lake County program for opioid addicts," 8 June 2018 Russia has flourished as a regional power, and Trump’s pursuit of friendlier relations with President Vladimir Putin has been a major stumbling block to any concerted Western response. Jeet Heer, The New Republic, "Europe’s Total Failure to Resist Trump," 17 May 2018 Aboriginal Australian communities have lobbied long and hard for the return of their ancestors, and many Australian museums have in recent years made a concerted effort to repatriate Aboriginal Australian remains. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "DNA may reconnect Aboriginal Australian remains with modern communities," 27 Dec. 2018

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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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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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