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

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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 march took place about 10 days after a group of Democratic lawmakers visited a detention center and described women held in rooms without running water, children separated from their families, and people sleeping on concrete floors. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Thousands march in San Ysidro to protest ICE, immigrant detention centers," 12 July 2019 The closure will allow construction crews to pour the concrete deck of an HOV ramp that will connect I-10 with Loop 202. Mike Cruz, azcentral, "Weekend traffic: Closure slated for east I-10 in West Valley between 67th and 51st avenues," 12 July 2019 City officials are hoping to have more concrete plans in place by the end of the year. Dan Mcgowan,, "Why replacing the PawSox is easier said than done," 11 July 2019 The Cubs have not announced any concrete plans to renovate that, though Kenney said in April there would be some changes next offseason. Paul Sullivan,, "Imagine Vladimir Guerrero Jr. at a Home Run Derby at Wrigley Field — could that happen in 2022?," 9 July 2019 The wording of the deal is vague and doesn’t indicate any concrete plans to launch either robot taxi or delivery services, as Waymo has done in the past with its other automotive partners. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "Waymo strikes a deal with Nissan-Renault to bring driverless cars to Japan and France," 20 June 2019 The bill, written by Republican House Representative Morgan Meyer, requires Texas schools and junior colleges to have consistently reviewed, concrete plans for emergencies including active shooters. Chevall Pryce, Houston Chronicle, "Rosenthal reflects on 86th Texas legislative session, future plans for District 135," 19 June 2019 The room will become the new mechanical room, and scaffolding is being set up for installing the concrete masonry unit wall for the room. Alec Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Oconomowoc's new Meadow View Elementary is nearing completion ahead of the new school year," 28 June 2019 On Saturday, a contractor told ABC News that Ajayi sought him out a few months ago to build a soundproof room in his home with hooks drilled into concrete walls and a secret entrance with a thumb lock. Olivia Sanchez, USA TODAY, "Police continue to track digital evidence after arrest in the death of student Mackenzie Lueck," 28 June 2019

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 heat of the summer has sunk into the concrete, sparking a deep urge for soft serve and a strong aversion to turning on the oven. Aliza Abarbanel, Bon Appétit, "Salad Ramen Is the Only Dinner We Want When the Temp Gets Above 80 Degrees," 12 July 2019 Technicians flood water onto the concrete in layers. Julia Stumbaugh, azcentral, "Arizona Coyotes arena technician's cool job: maintaining ice in the desert," 10 July 2019 The child is believed to have fallen onto the concrete below while the ship was docked in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Fox News, "Indiana toddler, allegedly dangled by grandfather, dies after plunging 150 feet from cruise ship: report," 8 July 2019 Repeat the process if the concrete is still stained. Jeanne Huber, Washington Post, "Eliminating green mold from concrete steps," 1 July 2019 Having confidently glided up to the top pipe on a ramp nearly 10 feet high, skateboarder Sky Brown lost her footing while trying a trick and tumbled down the slick concrete. Jack Harris,, "Young, small, but mighty: Skateboarder Sky Brown shreds path toward Olympics," 15 June 2019 Clifford said this ramp is expected to stay closed through midday June 14 so the fresh concrete can cure. Matthew Glowicki, The Courier-Journal, "Emergency pavement repair closes Outer Loop ramp to I-65 South," 12 June 2019 Fearing for his safety, Soriero took a swing at Gordon but missed, so Gordon retaliated by knocking Soriero to the ground with a punch and Soriero’s head hit the concrete. Wayne K. Roustan,, "Uber driver loses ear in airport road rage fight, cops say," 11 June 2019 Hard sand, on the other hand, can be pretty compact and firm, and may feel a lot closer to concrete, says Elizabeth Barchi, M.D., sports medicine doctor at NYU Langone Health. Amy Marturana, SELF, "5 Things to Know Before Working Out on the Beach," 6 Apr. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'concrete.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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)

British : 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 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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