cen·​tered ˈsen-tərd How to pronounce centered (audio)
: having a center
often used in combination
a dark-centered coneflower
: having a center of curvature
often used in combination
a 3-centered arch
: emotionally stable and secure
ˈsen-tərd-nəs How to pronounce centered (audio)

Example Sentences

She struggled with depression for years, but she's more centered now and able to live a full life.
Recent Examples on the Web Venus, your planetary ruler, is out of sync with feisty Mars on the 5th, so just stay centered. Katharine Merlin, Town & Country, 1 Feb. 2023 The coach said he’s noticed the defender become more centered and confident in himself, taking risks and making quicker decisions during play. Julia Poe,, 3 July 2021 His latest album, a half country/half rock project, out via Big Loud/Big Loud Rock, is a norm-busting, unbridled 17-track set that finds HARDY in full, centered possession of his musical range. Jessica Nicholson, Billboard, 20 Jan. 2023 Our approach is not only to be technical, but to use a human-centered and empathetic approach to define customers’ health journeys. Billee Howard, Forbes, 24 July 2022 Privacy is so fundamental to somebody’s capacity to stay centered and be happy and grow relationships and feel calm, and that was something that was denied her for her whole public life. Beatrice Verhoeven, The Hollywood Reporter, 17 Nov. 2022 While in landscape mode, the higher, more centered camera means no more double-chin effect. Nicole Nguyen, WSJ, 25 Oct. 2022 Wilson, who achieves much with a very vocally demanding role, encapsulates Elvira’s condition through her beautiful, centered voice, although that theme could have been taken much further. Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune, 11 Sep. 2022 Without Flynn at the defense table next to Ridley-Thomas, the trial later this year will probably be narrower in scope, with less testimony about the inner workings of USC and more centered on the vast bureaucracy of L.A. County. Matt Hamilton, Los Angeles Times, 19 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1829, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of centered was in 1829

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Cite this Entry

“Centered.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Mar. 2023.

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