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concrete

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

Definition of concrete

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
3 a :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

concretely

adverb

concreteness

noun

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Examples of concrete in a Sentence

  1. It's helpful to have concrete examples of how words are used in context.

  2. We hope the meetings will produce concrete results.

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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.

Origin and Etymology of concrete

Middle English, from Latin concretus, from past participle of concrescere — see concrescence


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concrete

verb con·crete \ ˈkän-ˌkrēt , kän-ˈkrēt \

Definition of concrete

concreted; concreting
transitive verb
1 a :to form into a solid mass :solidify
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.
intransitive verb
:to become concreted

Examples of concrete in a Sentence

  1. the mortar slowly concreted in the mold

  2. a choral work that concretes music and dance into a stunning theatrical experience

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concrete

noun con·crete \ ˈkän-ˌkrēt , (ˌ)kän-ˈkrēt \

Definition of concrete

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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Origin and Etymology of concrete

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CONCRETE Defined for English Language Learners

concrete

adjective

Definition of concrete for English Language Learners

  • : made of concrete

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


concrete

verb

Definition of concrete for English Language Learners

  • : to cover or form (something) with concrete


concrete

noun

Definition of concrete for English Language Learners

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


CONCRETE Defined for Kids

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concrete

adjective con·crete \ kän-ˈkrēt \

Definition of concrete for Students

1 :made of or relating to concrete
2 :being specific and useful
  • a concrete example
3 :being real and useful
  • concrete evidence

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concrete

noun con·crete \ ˈkän-ˌkrēt \

Definition of concrete for Students

:a hardened mixture of cement, sand, and water with gravel or broken stone used in construction


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