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

Covered in gnarly graffiti, the park was then an apocalyptic collection of crumbling concrete, green water, and overgrown weeds. Craig Hlavaty, Houston Chronicle, "Sea-Arama in Galveston was an island attraction for decades," 11 July 2018 The interior is just as raw, with concrete comprising much of the built-in furniture and storage. Alex Bazeley, Curbed, "Cool concrete summer home sits among a sea of trees," 3 July 2018 Their idea of the American dream is both as abstract and concrete as a song. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, "Review: 'The King' Is Both an Elvis Presley Documentary and a Song for America," 21 June 2018 My new audience is the kids, art, fashion, street and high fashion, everything is mixing and much more concrete. Gaile Robinson, star-telegram, "The Modern goes big and bright with international art star Murakami retrospective," 8 June 2018 Three levels of steel and concrete rise from the ground against a ridge. Janet Eastman,, "Portland's most expensive house for sale is surprising (photos)," 3 June 2018 Autopilot has received increased scrutiny since a Tesla Model X functioning on Autopilot struck a concrete freeway barrier in Mountain View in March, killing its driver. David R. Baker,, "Autopilot Buddy for tricking Tesla’s safety systems blocked by feds," 19 June 2018 For the 2018 boating season that started Memorial Day weekend, the park district erected concrete barriers around the barge. Karen Berkowitz,, "Park District of Highland Park to study breakwater options for boat launch," 18 June 2018 And Tesla and its driver-assistance system, Autopilot, have come under increasing scrutiny after a Model X sport-utility vehicle crashed into a concrete barrier later in March. New York Times, "SoftBank Fund Puts $2.25 Billion in G.M.’s Driverless Unit," 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 tidal fluctuation of the Schuylkill gives us a sense of the enduring quality of natural processes, occurring in the midst of our human world of concrete and steel. Joseph A. Gambardello,, "Those floating balls under Schuylkill Banks boardwalk explained," 12 June 2018 Chernobyl was literally covered up: The Soviets simply encased the whole thing in concrete and steel. Krista Stevens, Longreads, "Little Sunfish: The Robot That Could," 1 May 2018 Chunks of concrete and steel that held the three-mile span aloft over the Hudson River for decades will now be scattered among a half-dozen artificial reefs off Long Island. New York Times, "Old Tappan Zee Bridge Gets New Life as Artificial Reef," 29 Apr. 2018 Chernobyl was literally covered up: The Soviets simply encased the whole thing in concrete and steel. Vince Beiser, WIRED, "The Robot Assault On Fukushima," 26 Apr. 2018 On Hashima Island, a 16-acre patch of land off the southern coast of Japan, grass and vines and flowers flourish as concrete and steel wither. National Geographic, "Abandoned 'Battleship Island' Is Crumbling. Can It Be Saved?," 20 Apr. 2018 This material witchery is possible thanks to a series of capacitive sensors that are embedded into the concrete. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Smart concrete wall reacts to human touch," 2 July 2018 Then, on January 25, Darwish got into an altercation with Dumitru and her roommates and repeatedly slammed Dumitru’s head against the concrete. Lyndsay Winkley,, "Gunman who shot two San Diego officers identified, has violent history," 25 June 2018 Then the motorcyclist tossed the concrete into the car’s passenger-side window, hitting the woman in the jaw and striking the driver in the elbow, according to police. Jared Gilmour, miamiherald, "Driver honked at weaving motorcycle. His girlfriend got hit in the face with concrete, Ohio cops say," 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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