Definition of central in English:

central

Syllabification: cen·tral
Pronunciation: /ˈsentrəl
 
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adjective

  • 1Of, at, or forming the center: the station has a central courtyard
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    • In the middle of its central courtyard rises a large stupa, which once contained large Buddhist images.
    • The whole lake area is divided into five parts, the northeast, the southeast, the northwest, the southwest and the central area.
    • Council cabinet members next week are expected to approve a proposal that would see the pilot project extended to cover the Maltby and central Rotherham area.
    Synonyms
    middle, center, halfway, midway, mid, median, medial, mean; Anatomy mesialinner, innermost, middle, mid; downtown
  • 1.1Accessible from a variety of places: coaches met at a central location
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    • The new capital required a secure and central location, easily accessible from all parts of the state.
    • Other advantages of our facility here are the central and easily accessible location, plus plenty of free parking.
    • Changes in user access requirements can be entered from the central location for all building occupants.
  • 1.2 Phonetics (Of a vowel) articulated in the center of the mouth.
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    • In view of the time required to move to more peripheral vowel positions, tense vowels tend to be peripheral and lax vowels closer to schwa, the neutral or central vowel.
    • The near-open central vowel is a type of vowel sound, used in some spoken languages.
    • Some linguists claim that it is a back vowel, others argue that it is a central vowel.
  • 2Of the greatest importance; principal or essential: his preoccupation with American history is central to his work the rising crime rate remained the central campaign issue
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    • But the principle is central to Brown's personal election campaign.
    • He used this genuine mandate to end American's war in Korea; the issue had been central to his campaign.
    • This arrangement is based on Steiner's Fundamental Social Principle and has been central to the Camphill ethos.
    Synonyms
  • 2.1 [attributive] (Of a group or organization) having controlling power over a country or another organization: central government the central office
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    • At this stage he took some interest in party organization and established central office in 1870.
    • The landscape has been acknowledged by central government organisations and committees as being of national significance.
    • His letters and articles prodded the Bolshevik central committee to seize power in November.

noun

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  • A place with a high concentration of a specified type of person or thing: you’re in workaholic central here
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    • She turns up in a town called Dogville, which is not the comedy central of the USA.
    • One construction worker broke his leg, my uncle was injured by one of his tools - it was poltergeist central.
    • I got up to my room and set up my bed as dance preparation central.

Derivatives

centrality

Pronunciation: /senˈtralətē/
noun
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  • Once you start to notice this lapse, this blindness to the centrality of language, you see it everywhere.
  • She highlighted the centrality of human rights to the island nation's quest for real and sustainable peace in her article.
  • Equally important is the fact that what comes through in the lecture is the centrality of the context of the sources to the historian.

centrally

adverb
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  • This is done according to centrally agreed, critical specifications.
  • This can be best achieved by centrally locating critical devices in a secure data centre where possible.
  • In global oil and automotive companies key business strategies are organised centrally.

Origin

mid 17th century: from French, or from Latin centralis, from centrum (see center).

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