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1the middle point of a circle or sphere, equidistant from every point on the circumference or surface. a point or part that is equally distant from all sides, ends, or surfaces of something; the middle:the center of the ceiling the center of a vast territory a pivot or axis of rotation:the galactic rotation of the solar system around the galactic center a political party or group holding moderate opinions. Sports the middle player in a line or group in many games:Terry played center on the basketball team a core, such as the filling in a piece of chocolate:truffles with liqueur centers a conical adjustable support for a workpiece in a lathe or similar machine. 2the point from which an activity or process is directed, or on which it is focused:the city was a center of discontent two issues at the center of the health-care debate the most important place in the respect specified:Geneva was then the center of the international world 3a place or group of buildings where a specified activity is concentrated:a center for medical research a shopping center
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or center something around/on
) have or cause to have something as (a major concern or theme):the case centers around the couple’s adopted children the plot centers on two young men [with object]:he is centering his discussion on an analysis of patterns of mortality
(be centered in
) (of an activity) occur mainly in or around (a specified place):the mercantile association was centered in northern Germany
2 [with object] place in the middle:to center the needle, turn the knob Football pass the ball back from the ground to another player to begin a down; snap.