centre


centre
I UK [ˈsentə(r)] / US [ˈsentər] noun
Word forms "centre":
singular centre plural centres
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1) [countable] the middle of a space or area

the centre of the room

the exact/very centre:

Libourne is at the very centre of the wine-making region.

a) maths the point that is in the middle of a circle or sphere (= a shape like a ball)
b) the middle of a chocolate, sweet, or cake
2) [countable] British the part of a town or city that contains most of the shops, restaurants, and places of entertainment

We caught a bus into the centre.

centre of:

a hotel close to the centre of Edinburgh

city/town centre:

Follow the signs to the town centre.

city centre shops

3) [countable] a building or group of buildings where people go for advice, help, or information: used with many nouns and adjectives

a health/job centre

the local Tourist Information Centre

the National Exhibition Centre

You should contact the visitor centre before you go.

a) a building or group of buildings where people go to do a particular activity

a sports/shopping centre

an adult education centre

She runs a conference centre in Dover.

b) used in the names of some buildings or organizations

the Oxford Business Advice Centre

4)
a) [countable] an important place for a particular activity

attempts to make Prague a cultural centre

one of the world's most important financial centres

centre of:

the greatest centre of learning in northern Europe

centre for:

The town is a major centre for the American book publishing trade.

b) a place where there is a lot of something
centre of:

people who live in the main centres of population

5) [countable] a player in some team sports whose position is in the middle of the line of attacking players
6) [countable, usually singular] the main subject or cause of something
centre of:

an issue that has been the centre of debate in this country recently

centre of attention:

He's very shy and hates being the centre of attention.

7) the centre a political party, group of parties, or position that is not extreme because it is neither left-wing nor right-wing

an attempt to make the Labour Party a party of the centre

the centre of activity/things — the main area where something is happening

She rented a flat in town to be at the centre of things.

See:

II UK [ˈsentə(r)] / US [ˈsentər] verb [transitive]
Word forms "centre":
present tense I/you/we/they centre he/she/it centres present participle centring past tense centred past participle centred
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to put something in the centre of a space or area

You haven't centred the heading properly.

Phrasal verbs:

English dictionary. 2014.

Synonyms:

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  • centre — [ sɑ̃tr ] n. m. • 1275; lat. centrum, gr. kentron I ♦ 1 ♦ Point intérieur (d un cercle, d une sphère) équidistant de tous les points du cercle, de la sphère. Le centre d un disque. Le centre de la Terre. ♢ Centre de symétrie : point tel que tous… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • centre — cen‧tre [ˈsentə ǁ ər] , center noun [countable] 1. COMMERCE the place where most of the important things connected with a business or activity happen: • Bahrain has become a major international banking centre. centre of …   Financial and business terms

  • centre — CENTRE. s. m. Le milieu, le point du milieu d un cercle ou d une sphère. Le centre d un cercle. Tirer une ligne du centre à la circonférence, des lignes qui passent par le centre, qui aboutissent au centre. Le centre de la terre. Le centre d une… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

  • centre — s. m. Le milieu, le point du milieu de chaque chose. Le centre de la terre. le centre d un cercle. tirer une ligne du centre à la circonference. des lignes qui passent par le centre, qui aboutissent au centre. Il se prend aussi pour le lieu où… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • Centre — Centre …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • centre — (US center) ► NOUN 1) a point in the middle of something that is equally distant from all of its sides, ends, or surfaces. 2) a place where a specified activity is concentrated. 3) a point from which something spreads or to which something is… …   English terms dictionary

  • Centre A — Centre A, the Vancouver International Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, is a non profit art gallery committed to the research, production, presentation and interpretation of contemporary Asian art. It is located at 2 West Hastings Street, in… …   Wikipedia

  • Centre — Centre, AL U.S. city in Alabama Population (2000): 3216 Housing Units (2000): 1515 Land area (2000): 10.968141 sq. miles (28.407354 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.105972 sq. miles (0.274466 sq. km) Total area (2000): 11.074113 sq. miles (28.681820… …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

  • Centre, AL — U.S. city in Alabama Population (2000): 3216 Housing Units (2000): 1515 Land area (2000): 10.968141 sq. miles (28.407354 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.105972 sq. miles (0.274466 sq. km) Total area (2000): 11.074113 sq. miles (28.681820 sq. km)… …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

  • centre — cèntre m. centre; milieu. Estre a son centre : être à son affaire ; être dans son élément. voir element …   Diccionari Personau e Evolutiu

  • centre — cen tre, n. & v. See {Center}. [chiefly British] [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English


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