Definition of concentre in English:

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Pronunciation: /kɒnˈsɛntə/
(US concenter)


[with object]
1Concentrate (something) in a small space or area: the property of this country is concentred in a very few hands
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  • The property of this country is absolutely concentred in a very few hands, having revenues of from half a million of guineas a year downwards.
  • But his favours to three thousand were concentered in one body.
  • Why do tertiary alcohols react faster with concentred hydrochloric acid than do secondary or primary alcohol?
1.1 [no object] Come together at a common centre: here the produce of this extensive territory concentres
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  • Some dissatisfaction turns his meditation into what Charles Berger calls the ‘dark countersong’ of a ‘counter-sublime’, as it questions the relation between ‘concentred self’ and Other, between particular and general.
  • Penn's letter, of 1683, to the Free Society of Traders, sufficiently intimates the cause of its location there, showing that Penn expected business to concentre there.
  • The fury of the battle seemed to concentre there, and through the time-worn walls the shot was plunging, splintering the planks and beams, and shivering the stone foundation.
1.2 archaic Bring (two or more things) towards a common centre: a passion in which soul and body were concentred


Late 16th century: from French concentrer, from Latin con- 'together' + centrum 'centre'.

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