con·​crete | \ (ˌ)kän-ˈkrēt, ˈkän-ˌkrēt, kən-ˈkrēt \

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, kän-ˈkrēt \
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, (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

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Other Words from concrete


concretely adverb
concreteness noun

Did You Know?


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


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the mortar slowly concreted in the mold a choral work that concretes music and dance into a stunning theatrical experience
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The board shoots across the street, thankfully stopped from meeting the creek by a low concrete barrier. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "What Happened When I Rode a Boosted Board From New York to Philadelphia," 27 Dec. 2018 In the travel world, there are guided city tours around concrete landmarks in Sydney and Washington, D.C. Lauren Ho, Condé Nast Traveler, "Architectural Reboot: The Return of Brutalism," 20 Dec. 2018 There are also plenty of items made from signature Bauhaus materials like concrete; Anita Riesch has made flower planters with ceramic nipples along the outside. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Touring Germany’s Most Festive Christmas Markets," 18 Dec. 2018 Thank Pinterest, thank Joanna Gaines, thank marble madness overload—but concrete countertops have taken over farmhouses in the past few years. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "Concrete Countertops: Is the Home Trend All It's Cracked up to Be?," 12 Dec. 2018 All in all, the concrete-and-steel stadium was considered the finest ballpark in the country. Gary Kamiya, San Francisco Chronicle, "In the depths of the Depression, SF had the best ballpark in the country," 12 May 2018 But partisan gerrymandering injures enough individuals and organizations in enough concrete ways to ensure that standing requirements, properly applied, will not often or long prevent courts from reaching the merits of cases like this one. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "The Consequences of the Supreme Court’s Punt on Gerrymandering," 18 June 2018 And not just because his work remains so fluid, at a moment when anything concrete seems destined to crumble. Walt Hunter, The Atlantic, "When Hamlet Starts Showing Up in Federal Court," 13 June 2018 They are particularly adored by those who love concrete, as well as bold and wacky colours. The Economist, "Singapore’s Brutalist past could soon be gone," 31 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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, "Wrecks, sunken treasures lie under Albania’s coastal waters," 2 Aug. 2017 Small fish peer out from the necks of the jugs, which the passage of time has concreted into the seabed. Washington Post, "Wrecks, sunken treasures lie under Albania’s coastal waters," 2 Aug. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The men fall to the ground, where the police officer then pins McGrier’s head, pushing it against the concrete. P.r. Lockhart, Vox, "The latest viral video of Baltimore police shows that the department’s reform efforts have a long way to go.," 13 Aug. 2018 Video posted on social media shows officers pushing their bikes through the encampment, toppling tents and camping chairs, tearing down tarps and pulling some protesters across the concrete amid the chaos. Washington Post, "Police break up encampment outside immigration building," 5 July 2018 Propelled by his momentum, Bush ran from the turf onto the concrete. Michael Mccann,, "Reggie Bush’s Trial Win vs. Rams Could Be Precedent for More Athletes Filing Injury Lawsuits," 13 June 2018 A pool of blood stained the concrete where Ohene had laid following the arrest., "The Harvard Community Responds To Viral Video Of Police Violently Assaulting Black Student During Arrest," 18 Apr. 2018 Our knees stubbed into the concrete, chipping away at our morale. Mike Kotsopoulos,, "Here’s a runner’s perspective on the Boston Marathon," 16 Apr. 2018 Under a consent order reached in 2018, Inwood Realty agreed to remove nearly 32,000 cubic yards of concrete, rock, bricks and soil, taking some of the items on 180-foot ocean barges out into Jamaica Bay and some out on trucks. Katie Honan, WSJ, "Lawsuit Says Cleanup of Recycling Plant Threatens $1 Billion Worth of Sony Pictures Films," 30 Dec. 2018 Entire trees uprooted from the concrete, taking power lines down with them. Khushbu Shah, Teen Vogue, "Three North Carolina Teens Who Weathered the Storm of Florence Share What They Went Through," 18 Sep. 2018 Authorities suspect Lozado used bags of concrete, large buckets and plastic bags to dispose of his wife’s body, which has never been found, according to the station. Robert Gearty, Fox News, "Man arrested in Louisiana cold case murder of wife 7 years ago," 15 Sep. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of concrete

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: made of concrete

: relating to or involving specific people, things, or actions rather than general ideas or qualities



English Language Learners Definition of concrete (Entry 2 of 3)

: to cover or form (something) with concrete



English Language Learners Definition of concrete (Entry 3 of 3)

: a hard, strong material that is used for building and made by mixing cement, sand, and broken rocks with water


con·​crete | \ kän-ˈkrēt \

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 \

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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