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

Adjective It's helpful to have concrete examples of how words are used in context. We hope the meetings will produce concrete results. Verb 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 Barbed and razor wire and concrete barriers surround the courthouse, and strict security is in place. Amy Forliti, ajc, "Key players in trial of ex-officer charged in Floyd's death," 28 Mar. 2021 Fencing and concrete barriers encircle the county government center. Grace Hauck, USA TODAY, "‘We’re paying attention’: Vigils, rallies planned in George Floyd’s honor ahead of Derek Chauvin trial," 28 Mar. 2021 An outdoor rug can change the entire look of your outdoor space instantly, and keep concrete or wood surfaces from getting overheated. Stephanie Perry, Southern Living, "The 10 Best Outdoor Rugs to Instantly Revive Your Porch or Patio," 25 Mar. 2021 The Alaska Labors Training School offered to do the earthwork and concrete foundation for the boards. Anchorage Daily News, "Anchorage community’s effort to rebuild Bayshore Elementary ice rink is nearing its goal," 22 Mar. 2021 Applying analogical reasoning allows Bain to avoid the speculative nature of many prophetic forecasters, offering concrete and proven ideas instead. Christian Stadler, Forbes, "How Will Megatrends Affect Your Business? Learning The Bain Futures Method," 17 Mar. 2021 Also concrete, also with an open-spandrel design, 280 feet high, built in 1932. Christopher Reynolds, Los Angeles Times, "Think you’ve tried every hike in L.A.? Think again. The Bridge to Nowhere awaits," 13 Mar. 2021 Maria Luz Bravo’s muted-color photos of suburbia focus on barriers, both concrete and intangible, and sometimes capture architectural details in shards of reflective material. Washington Post, "In the galleries: Breaching the border between art and furniture," 12 Mar. 2021 Avoid jumping rope on superhard surfaces like concrete or asphalt as those can be hard on your joints, says Ezkeh. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "10 Benefits of Jumping Rope for When You Need to Shake Up Your Cardio," 9 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Aside from not trying to drill concrete with a bit made for wood, here are some factors for purchasing a set of quality bits that will last you more than one job. The Editors, Field & Stream, "3 Features You Need in Your Next Drill Bit Set," 7 Dec. 2020 How could concrete contort that much without exploding into dust? Bruce Jenkins,, "Sporting Green reader memories: Loma Prieta at Candlestick, Matt Cain perfect," 27 June 2020 The Kwai’s crew of 11, sailors accustomed to unloading anything from cars to concrete on isolated islands, uses winches and sweat to hoist the heavy nets from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, where swirling currents gather floating debris. Doug Struck, The Christian Science Monitor, "Untangling the ocean trash glut, one ‘ghost net’ at a time," 19 June 2020 That is, if the information gathered by investigators leads to concrete results within the church and the criminal justice system. Washington Post, "AP Explains: Vatican to send abuse investigators to Mexico," 5 Mar. 2020 The location will also serve local brews and frozen custard concretes with mix-ins by Chicago bakeries like Hot Chocolate Bakery and Bang Bang Pie. Grace Wong,, "Hemingway-inspired Spanish tapas restaurant opens in Logan Square, plus more Chicago restaurant news," 17 Oct. 2019 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 Depending whether the towers were half a mile high or 10, each would require as little as around 800 tons of concrete to as much as 1 million. Asa Stahl, Chron, "Moon bases could feature mile-high skyscrapers," 31 Mar. 2021 Her childhood was outdoorsy: concrete-pouring, barn-painting, treehouses. Washington Post, "The Beauty of Living Twice," 29 Mar. 2021 The walls were the color of a Gulden’s mustard bottle, the floor a charmless slab of concrete. Los Angeles Times, "Commentary: Her senior season was brief. For a dad and daughter, that small window was everything," 21 Mar. 2021 Those high-quality hardwoods are critical to combatting the harm done by Dallas’ many heat islands -- expanses of concrete that trap hot air in the summer. Sharon Grigsby, Dallas News, "City secures 82 acres for a new park in the heart of southern Dallas in a first-of-its-kind deal," 19 Mar. 2021 Many of the spectators fell on the ice on the south side of the arena, while others fell into a crater caused by the explosion and were buried underneath huge slabs of concrete. Matthew Glenesk, The Indianapolis Star, "March Madness 2021: Indiana Farmers Coliseum has seen the Beatles, JFK and tragedy," 14 Mar. 2021 What did happen was bad enough — in 1959 the Embarcadero Freeway opened a few yards away with its two bleak levels of concrete that severed the Ferry Building from the rest of the city. John King, San Francisco Chronicle, "How S.F.'s Ferry Building reflects our pandemic landscape," 6 Mar. 2021 James Brewer suffered a concussion after hitting his head on concrete trying to save a ball in the Cardinals’ first-round win and was unconscious for eight minutes. Matthew Glenesk, The Indianapolis Star, "There have been 97 NCAA tournament games in Indianapolis since 1940. We rank them all.," 13 Mar. 2021 The couple spent $412,000 on concrete, and their double-thick walls help keep the house cool in summer and warm in winter. J. S. Marcus, WSJ, "An Australian Couple Demolished Their Home to Build a Retirement Retreat," 24 Feb. 2021

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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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“Concrete.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Apr. 2021.

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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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