con·​cen·​trate | \ ˈkän(t)-sən-ˌtrāt How to pronounce concentrate (audio) , -ˌsen- \
concentrated; concentrating

Definition of concentrate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to bring or direct toward a common center or objective : focus concentrate one's efforts The lenses concentrate sunlight.
b : to gather into one body, mass, or force Power was concentrated in a few able hands. concentrate the energy of a sound wave
c : to accumulate (a toxic substance) in bodily tissues Fish concentrate mercury.
2a : to make less dilute concentrate syrup
b : to express or exhibit in condensed form

intransitive verb

1 : to draw toward or meet in a common center
2 : gather, collect Cuban immigrants who concentrate in Florida
3 : to focus one's powers, efforts, or attention concentrate on a problem Farmers are concentrating on the wheat harvest.



Definition of concentrate (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : something concentrated: such as
a : a mineral-rich product obtained after an initial processing of ore
b : a food reduced in bulk by elimination of fluid orange juice concentrate
2 : a feedstuff (such as grains) relatively rich in digestible nutrients — compare fiber

Other Words from concentrate


concentrative \ ˈkän(t)-​sən-​ˌtrā-​tiv How to pronounce concentrate (audio) , -​ˌsen-​ \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for concentrate

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of concentrate in a Sentence

Verb All that noise makes it hard to concentrate. The student has difficulty concentrating. The sauce should be simmered for a few minutes to concentrate its flavors. Noun a frozen orange juice concentrate Is this orange juice fresh or is it made from concentrate?
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb But officials at the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention argued that the government should concentrate instead on the fall campaign with updated doses — if the campaign could begin soon enough. Noah Weiland,, 28 July 2022 Creating a smart, cost-efficient plan and tending to it over time can help business leaders concentrate on generating real value from their cloud implementations. Danny Allan, Forbes, 6 July 2022 Russ said lawmakers will concentrate on helping crisis pregnancy centers, organizations that try to persuade people to carry their pregnancies to term and that antiabortion advocates say will offer support for mothers. Caroline Kitchener, Anchorage Daily News, 4 June 2022 Handing off the minelaying mission to drones will also help the Navy’s 53 attack submarines concentrate on other missions, chiefly stalking and sinking enemy ships. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 2 June 2022 The other is PodTones, whose founders early on cracked the code on how to put 100% live rosin concentrate in a single-use pen without using additional chemicals, to the delight of plant-loving weed heads everywhere. Adam Tschorn, Los Angeles Times, 18 Aug. 2022 Narrow down to that one platform that gives you maximum returns at minimum cost and concentrate all your budget there in the following months. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 28 June 2022 The transaction comes as Whirlpool conducts a review of its business to concentrate on areas with high growth and margin potential by focusing on the Americas, countertop appliances, and the commercial segment., 8 Aug. 2022 While working on low-Earth orbit technology, including orbital transport of satellites to optimal orbits, space debris deorbit, and space station orbit keeping, Impulse also wants to concentrate on lunar and planetary missions featuring landers. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, 25 July 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun An Indian court has directed Amazon to delist the Pakistani versions of Rooh Afza, a widely popular Indian summer drink concentrate. Niharika Sharma, Quartz, 13 Sep. 2022 All-Star was at an airport near Moscow when a cartridge containing hashish oil, a cannabis concentrate, was found in her luggage. Brooklyn White, Essence, 5 Aug. 2022 That said, the routine would sometimes kick in, and not every flight was a wondrous concentrate of adventure and glamor. Jacopo Prisco, CNN, 9 June 2022 Every batch is created using a refined broad-spectrum concentrate. The Salt Lake Tribune, 18 May 2022 At the time, Prolacta charged as much as $45 an ounce for a liquid concentrate that arrived at a hospital frozen until ready to be used, at which time a mother’s own pumped breast milk or donor milk was added. Sushma Subramanian, Washington Post, 13 May 2022 The set comes with two pouches of WOWmazing's bubble concentrate, and a booklet with tips. Ysolt Usigan, Woman's Day, 18 Aug. 2022 But these whole-grain oats contain pea-protein concentrate. The Editors Of Men's Health, Men's Health, 9 Aug. 2022 With lemonade concentrate and a fresh blueberry sauce, the summer won't be the same after eating this deliciously tart poke cake. Nik Pugmire, Better Homes & Gardens, 25 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of concentrate


1628, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a


1871, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for concentrate

Verb and Noun

com- + Latin centrum center

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More Definitions for concentrate


con·​cen·​trate | \ ˈkän-sən-ˌtrāt How to pronounce concentrate (audio) \
concentrated; concentrating

Kids Definition of concentrate

1 : to focus thought or attention on something
2 : to bring or come to or direct toward a common center Moonlight seemed to concentrate upon the highly-polished steel dome …— Brian Jacques, Redwall
3 : to make stronger or thicker by removing something (as water) Simmer the sauce to concentrate its flavors.


con·​cen·​trate | \ ˈkän(t)-sən-ˌtrāt, -ˌsen- How to pronounce concentrate (audio) \
concentrated; concentrating

Medical Definition of concentrate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to bring or direct toward a common center or objective : focus
b : to accumulate (a toxic substance) in bodily tissues fish concentrate mercury
2 : to make less dilute concentrate syrup

intransitive verb

: to fix one's powers, efforts, or attention on one thing concentrate on a problem

Other Words from concentrate

concentrator \ -​ˌtrāt-​ər How to pronounce concentrate (audio) \ noun



Medical Definition of concentrate (Entry 2 of 2)

: something prepared by concentration especially : a food reduced in bulk by elimination of fluid orange juice concentrate

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