con·​crete | \ (ˌ)kän-ˈkrēt How to pronounce concrete (audio) , ˈkän-ˌkrēt, kən-ˈkrēt How to pronounce concrete (audio) \

Definition of concrete

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : naming a real thing or class of things the word poem is concrete, poetry is abstract
2 : formed by coalition of particles into one solid mass
3a : characterized by or belonging to immediate experience of actual things or events
b : specific, particular a concrete proposal
c : real, tangible concrete evidence
4 : relating to or made of concrete a concrete wall


con·​crete | \ ˈkän-ˌkrēt How to pronounce concrete (audio) , kän-ˈkrēt How to pronounce concrete (audio) \
concreted; concreting

Definition of concrete (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1a : to form into a solid mass : solidify
b : combine, blend
2 : to make actual or real : cause to take on the qualities of reality
3 : to cover with, form of, or set in concrete The statues were concreted to the ground.


con·​crete | \ ˈkän-ˌkrēt How to pronounce concrete (audio) , (ˌ)kän-ˈkrēt \

Definition of concrete (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : a mass formed by concretion or coalescence of separate particles of matter in one body
2 : a hard strong building material made by mixing a cementing material (such as Portland cement) and a mineral aggregate (such as sand and gravel) with sufficient water to cause the cement to set and bind the entire mass
3 : a waxy essence of flowers prepared by extraction and evaporation and used in perfumery

Other Words from concrete


concretely adverb
concreteness noun

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We can trace "concrete" back to the Latin verb concrescere, meaning "to grow together." Appropriately, when if first entered English "concrete" could mean "connected by growth." Logicians and grammarians also applied "concrete" to words that expressed a quality viewed as being united with the thing it describes. That in turn led to the sense of "concrete" which we now contrast with "abstract" - concrete words express actual things ("rock," "lizard, "harpsichord"), while abstract words express qualities apart from actual things ("bliss," "freedom," "turpitude"). It was not until the 19th century that the noun "concrete," and its related adjective, began to be used for the building material composed of cementing material and sand, gravel, or similar materials.

Examples of concrete in a Sentence

Adjective It's helpful to have concrete examples of how words are used in context. We hope the meetings will produce concrete results. Verb the mortar slowly concreted in the mold a choral work that concretes music and dance into a stunning theatrical experience
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Then, in what felt like a blink of an eye, the models slipped behind the Salk Institute’s concrete walls. San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 May 2022 Chapel by the Wayside, a small 61-year-old spiritual refuge tucked inside the gray concrete walls of the Wasatch cellblock. The Salt Lake Tribune, 13 May 2022 In September, armed prison guards watched from atop tall concrete walls as a heavy steel door rumbled open to release a middle-aged man holding all of his possessions in a small mesh bag. New York Times, 7 May 2022 When the 40-foot-roof caved in and the concrete walls came crashing down, most of the 46 employees on site were huddled in restrooms in the north part of the building. Washington Post, 28 Apr. 2022 The 11-inch concrete walls collapsed and the 40-foot roof caved in, destroying a football-field section of the 1 million square foot building. Celina Tebor, USA TODAY, 26 Apr. 2022 The airless tunnel behind that door resembled a series of torture chambers divided by concrete walls. Time, 14 Apr. 2022 In the basement of an art center in Hamilton, where the only windows look out at concrete walls, Lori Kay Farr holds up a hollow egg. Keith Bierygolick, The Enquirer, 14 Apr. 2022 As the shaking camera panned to show a bare light bulb and concrete walls, the mother narrated in a whisper. Cara Anna,, 24 Mar. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Rigolon acknowledged that having a large area of irrigated turf is preferable to asphalt or concrete. Leia Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, 23 July 2021 Even as the White House tried to play down expectations beforehand, intense focus will continue on whether there will concrete results out of the summit. Libby Cathey, ABC News, 16 June 2021 Aside from not trying to drill concrete with a bit made for wood, here are some factors for purchasing a set of quality bits that will last you more than one job. The Editors, Field & Stream, 7 Dec. 2020 How could concrete contort that much without exploding into dust? Bruce Jenkins,, 27 June 2020 The Kwai’s crew of 11, sailors accustomed to unloading anything from cars to concrete on isolated islands, uses winches and sweat to hoist the heavy nets from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, where swirling currents gather floating debris. Doug Struck, The Christian Science Monitor, 19 June 2020 That is, if the information gathered by investigators leads to concrete results within the church and the criminal justice system. Washington Post, 5 Mar. 2020 The location will also serve local brews and frozen custard concretes with mix-ins by Chicago bakeries like Hot Chocolate Bakery and Bang Bang Pie. Grace Wong,, 17 Oct. 2019 Small fish peer out from the necks of the jugs, which the passage of time has concreted into the seabed. Elena Becatoros, The Seattle Times, 2 Aug. 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun That meant walls of glass, clerestory windows, and simple, unfinished materials like concrete and steel. Nancy Keates, WSJ, 18 May 2022 Koncki learned to plug a rubber roof, learned about vent work, concrete and everything else involved in restoring the building to a usable state — with the help of his father and some friends and neighbors. Erik S. Hanley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 16 May 2022 The developers are preserving much of the nearly 3 million square feet of concrete and steel currently on the site, David Wallace, CEO of DGW Consultants LLC, said last week during a Q&A regarding the Tri-County Mall redevelopment. Quinlan Bentley, The Enquirer, 16 May 2022 Physicians said the coronavirus essentially turned her lungs into concrete, her mother said. Fenit Nirappil And Dan Keating, Anchorage Daily News, 29 Apr. 2022 Volunteers standing by ready to help Ukrainian asylum-seekers rushed to his aid as the former history teacher nearly shattered a knee and narrowly avoided slamming his face into the concrete, Moores said. NBC News, 31 Mar. 2022 At the nearby Yasu Community Center, where Nishijima was filmed waiting in the parking lot for his ride, staff pasted replicas of his footprints into the concrete. Mark Schilling, Variety, 27 Mar. 2022 The incentive of carbon credit trading to serve the needs of corporations to offset their emissions could prevent more green spaces from being turned into concrete and could also lead to the planting of more trees. Pedro Uria Recio, Forbes, 29 Dec. 2021 Saltwater could have seeped into the concrete and corroded the steel inside the pylons, shifting the base of the building. Mark Strassmann, CBS News, 25 June 2021 See More

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First Known Use of concrete


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1590, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a


1656, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for concrete


Middle English concret "(of words) denoting a quality as adherent in a substance rather than in isolation," borrowed from Medieval Latin concrētus "composite, solidified, (of words) denoting a quality adherent in a substance rather than in isolation," going back to Latin, "formed, composite, condensed, solid," from past participle of concrēscere "to coalesce, condense, solidify, harden" — more at concrescence


borrowed from Latin concrētus, past participle of concrēscere "to coalesce, condense, solidify, harden" — more at concrescence


derivative of concrete entry 1

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con·​crete | \ kän-ˈkrēt How to pronounce concrete (audio) \

Kids Definition of concrete

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : made of or relating to concrete
2 : being specific and useful a concrete example
3 : being real and useful concrete evidence


con·​crete | \ ˈkän-ˌkrēt How to pronounce concrete (audio) \

Kids Definition of concrete (Entry 2 of 2)

: a hardened mixture of cement, sand, and water with gravel or broken stone used in construction

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