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 Those touring plans, of course, were upended by COVID-19 and the shutdowns that continue to leave the concert business in limbo nearly nine months in. Brian Mccollum, Detroit Free Press, "Garth Brooks offers 'Fun' to cap tough year, after Detroit became unplanned last tour stop," 21 Nov. 2020 To learn about more upcoming concert performances, which feature a variety of musical genres, visit here. cleveland, "CH-UH Library buildings to close through at least Dec. 17; pickup service still available: Press Run," 20 Nov. 2020 The Beatles performed their final U.S. concert tour, and the Beach Boys released Pet Sounds. W. James Antle Iii, Washington Examiner, "Birthday boy Biden born when FDR was president and Errol Flynn reigned in Hollywood," 20 Nov. 2020 That would be music to the ears of Live Nation, the concert and event behemoth that owns the likes of Ticketmaster. Shawn Tully, Fortune, "The 21 best stocks to buy for 2021," 20 Nov. 2020 Brooks, the top-selling solo artist of all time credited for pioneering country music as a mainstream genre in the 1990s, is known for (a) huge concert tours and (b) his desire for unity and bringing everyone together. Emily Yahr, Washington Post, "Garth Brooks on his Charley Pride duet, ‘Shallow’ cover and the truth behind that Trump rumor," 19 Nov. 2020 Jade is thrilled to be part of the Lipinsky Family San Diego Jewish Arts Festival’s annual concert. David L. Coddon, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Arts & Culture Newsletter: For Steve Poltz, positivity is the only option," 19 Nov. 2020 Brooks is well aware of what the Twin Cities — his biggest concert market — has gone through this year with the killing of George Floyd at the hands of police. Jon Bream, Star Tribune, "Promoting his new album 'Fun,' Garth Brooks talks politics, pandemic and George Floyd," 19 Nov. 2020 More recently, the outstanding Belgian new music ensemble Ictus has been touring in Europe a concert performance in an installation art setting with the singer Suzanne Vega taking all the spoken parts. Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times, "Philip Glass and ‘Einstein on the Beach’: How one opera changed everything," 18 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb For example, this year would have marked his 40th annual Thanksgiving-time Twin Cities concert if not for COVID-19. Jon Bream, Star Tribune, "At age 75, Minnesota guitar hero Leo Kottke releases a new album with Phish bassist," 19 Nov. 2020 All of the funds raised in the auction will be donated to concert clubs in Greater Cleveland. Anne Nickoloff, cleveland, "Online music memorabilia auction to support Cleveland’s independent concert venues," 13 Nov. 2020 Hillsong church services are known for their music and almost concert-like atmosphere. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Hillsong Church Pastor Carl Lentz Was Fired: Here’s Everything We Know About the Scandal," 5 Nov. 2020 She was born on Nov. 8, 1920, making this year’s date of the second virtual show and concert all the more significant. Rick Menning,, "City celebrates late ‘Good Times’ actress Esther Rolle’s 100th birthday," 30 Oct. 2020 Harris County commissioner Rodney Ellis talked to concert attendees about the importance of the youth vote, highlighting the state’s restrictive voting laws. National Geographic, "With their future at a crossroads, young Americans are shattering voting records," 30 Oct. 2020 In artist's renderings, the canopy’s exterior is white and the part visible to concert attendees and performers is a mix of white and gray segments. David Lindquist, The Indianapolis Star, "What White River State Park's new concert canopy will look like," 26 Oct. 2020 Face recognition and verification technology has advanced quickly in recent years, powering everything from Snapchat filters and concert security to software that can unlock iPhones and make sure people are wearing masks. NBC News, "In Singapore, facial recognition is getting woven into everyday life," 12 Oct. 2020 But her appeal to concert audiences did not always translate well to the big screen. Washington Post, "Juliette Gréco, spellbinding French concert and recording star, dies at 93," 23 Sep. 2020

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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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22 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Concert.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Nov. 2020.

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How to pronounce concert (audio)

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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