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

But the ultimate success won’t be until there's some concrete action plans. It‘s not about the march. Morgan Greene,, "Another Dan Ryan shutdown averted? Officials in Mayor Emanuel's office, others agree to meet with protesters," 13 July 2018 A few months ago, Xiaomi made concrete plans to move into the UK and Europe. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Xiaomi’s IPO makes it the third-most valuable smartphone maker," 9 July 2018 The secretary is under pressure to deliver a more concrete disarmament plan after the two leaders signed a vague 1-1/2 page document that didn’t provide a timetable for dismantling North Korea’s nuclear arsenal. Fortune, "North Korea Calls U.S. Attitude 'Extremely Regrettable' as Pompeo Cites Progress in Talks," 7 July 2018 Arrowood later made a trip to Stevens Point to lay more concrete plans which were subsequently approved by the Walleyes For Tomorrow board. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Walleyes For Tomorrow establishes fisheries research fellowship at UW-Stevens Point," 30 June 2018 Ocasio-Cortez credits a clear vision with a concrete plan for her historic win. Emily Cassidy /, NBC News, "A force to be reckoned with -- Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez," 28 June 2018 Cobb commissioners have yet to come up with a concrete plan to deal with the shortfall, but cuts to services and millage rate increases have both been considered. Alexander Soderstrom, ajc, "Five things to know about Cobb’s budget and the Braves stadium," 15 June 2018 In contrast to his predecessor, who detailed for his fans a concrete plan with a specific long-term vision, Colangelo never offered the public anything deeper than run-of-the-mill organizational custodianship. David Murphy,, "Sixers decided Bryan Colangelo's strength, like Sam Hinkie's, had become a liability | David Murphy," 8 June 2018 Given that all available college prospects have now committed to turning pro and teams are beginning to make promises to players and concrete plans, June is where everything gets more serious and far less speculative. Jeremy Woo,, "2018 NBA Mock Draft 8.0: What Happens if the Kings Pass on Luka Doncic?," 5 June 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 effect, caused by a large concentration of concrete and traffic, means meteorologists use temperatures at KCI as the most accurate measurement of heat in the area. Max Londberg, kansascity, "KC hits 100 degrees for first time in years, but cooler temps coming, meteorologist says," 12 July 2018 According to attorney Bernard Citron, concrete and old asphalt from road and other construction projects are broken down and are used for hot mix asphalt for Skokie’s road resurfacing project and for projects in other communities. Pioneer Press,, "Skokie trustees OK road material recycling facility on east end of village," 25 June 2018 In Lost Draw’s hands, this red blending grape is aged in concrete and bottled unfiltered to produce a light red with hints of smoke and pepper. Emily Spicer, San Antonio Express-News, "The top 10 Hill Country Wineries," 4 June 2018 Those charges used to hurt Romero, who now lives in San Jose, California, and works as a concrete and asphalt paver. Russell Contreras, The Seattle Times, "Busboy who held dying RFK speaks of lingering pain," 2 June 2018 Outside there’s a sidewalk patio – an amalgam of concrete and grass – with circular fire features that are sure to be a hit with the al fresco crowd. James Patrick Kelly, idahostatesman, "Downtown Boise’s Txikiteo bolsters the list of locally owned Basque eateries," 30 May 2018 The project began when workers started tearing away the old mall's brick and concrete — which was broken in many areas — as soon as the contract for the work received City Council approval in April. Steve Lord, Aurora Beacon-News, "With Water Street Mall work finished, Aurora looks to renovate Mundy Park," 12 July 2018 Essentially, all of the asphalt and concrete in the urban core traps heat near the ground creating a zone of elevated temperatures. Jason Samenow, Washington Post, "NOAA ‘heat island’ campaign to map which areas in D.C. and Baltimore swelter the most," 11 July 2018 Salim, a reedy 40-year-old with a wispy goatee, once had a fishing boat and earned enough money catching prawns to build a house of brick and concrete for his family of four in western Myanmar’s Maungdaw district. Shashank Bengali,, "Worldwide, 1 in 110 people is displaced from home. Here's what life is like for some of them," 19 June 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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