Definition of central in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsentrəl/


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.
middle, center, halfway, midway, mid, median, medial, mean;
Anatomy  mesial
inner, innermost, middle, mid;
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.
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.


North American informal
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.


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

Words that rhyme with central

epicentral, ventral
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