Essential Meaning of concrete
1 : made of concrete a concrete floor/wall concrete blocks concrete structures
2 : relating to or involving specific people, things, or actions rather than general ideas or qualities It's helpful to have concrete examples of how words are used in context. The police suspected that he was guilty, but they had no concrete evidence against him. [=the police had no clear and definite proof that he committed the crime] See More Examplesconcrete facts Does anyone have any concrete [=specific] suggestions for how we can fix this? We hope the meetings will produce concrete results.
Full 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
4 : relating to or made of concrete a concrete wall
Definition of concrete (Entry 2 of 3)
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.
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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