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UK [ˈsentrəl] / US adjective
1) [only before noun] the central part of a place is the area in the middle of it

They live in central London.

some regions of central and eastern Asia

a) [only before noun] a central place is in the middle of something

The hotel's rooms are built around a central courtyard.

b) used for saying that something is in the middle of an area, so it is very convenient for using shops, theatres etc

My flat is very central.

a central location:

All hotels have been specially selected for their central location.

2)
a) a central idea, aspect, system etc is one of the main ones that is used or needed

He played a central role in the development of US economic policy.

a central feature:

Political life has changed since broadcasting became a central feature of our lives.

central to:

Her work remains central to an understanding of this period of history.

central in:

issues that are central in the lives of women prisoners

of central importance (= very important):

Listening skills are of central importance to a child's development.

b) something that is central is extremely important, and often causes something else to happen or develop

Collocations:
Nouns frequently used with central
▪  argument, aspect, debate, feature, idea, importance, issue, role, theme
3) [only before noun] central control comes from one main organization that usually tells a lot of smaller organizations what they should do

The system is subject to massive and increasing central control.

a) a central organization is a main organization that controls a lot of smaller ones

the Communist Party's central committee

b) used in the names of organizations

workers at Conservative Central Office


Derived word:
centrality
UK [senˈtrælɪtɪ] / US noun uncountable

English dictionary. 2014.

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  • Central — is an adjective usually referring to being in the centre.Central may also refer to:Directions and generalised locations* Central Africa, a region in the centre of Africa continent, also known as Middle Africa * Central America, a region in the… …   Wikipedia

  • Central — Central, das englische Wort für zentral, bezeichnet Folgendes: Verwaltungseinheiten (Provinzen, Distrikte etc.): Central District (Botsuana) in Botsuana Provinz Central (Kenia) in Kenia Central Region (Ghana) in Ghana Zentralregion (Malawi) in… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

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  • central — CENTRÁL, Ă, centrali, e, adj., s.f. I. adj. 1. Care se află (aproximativ) în centru, în mijloc; care provine dintr un centru. 2. fig. Care ocupă o poziţie principală, care constituie un nucleu în jurul căruia se grupează elementele secundare. ♦… …   Dicționar Român

  • central — (Del lat. centrālis). 1. adj. Perteneciente o relativo al centro. 2. Que está en el centro físico. U. t. en sent. fig.) 3. Dicho de un lugar: Que está entre dos extremos. América Central. 4. Que ejerce su acción sobre todo un campo o territorio.… …   Diccionario de la lengua española

  • central — UK US /ˈsentrəl/ adjective ► main or important: be central to sth »Offshore production is central to the strategies of some of the world s most powerful businesses. »Communication plays a central role in developing trust within an organization. ► …   Financial and business terms

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  • central — central, ale (san tral, tra l ) adj. 1°   Qui est au centre, qui a rapport au centre. Les points centraux. Feu central, feu ou du moins très forte chaleur qui existe au centre de la terre. 2°   Par extension, province centrale, quartier central,… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré


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